Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

(NOC 3141)

in All Health

Audiologists diagnose, evaluate and treat individuals with peripheral and central hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists are employed in hospitals, community and public health centres, extended care facilities, day clinics, rehabilitation centres and educational institutions, or may work in private practice. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists who are supervisors are included in this group.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 25 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 63% of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $80,505. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$31.02

Minimum

$40.00

Median

$43.38

Maximum

Annual Pay

$22,222

Minimum

$74,291

Median

$91,134

Maximum

Compared to: All Health

Hourly Pay

$16.38

Minimum

$25.50

Median

$41.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,740

Minimum

$43,853

Median

$88,944

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Audiologists diagnose, evaluate and treat individuals with peripheral and central hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists are employed in hospitals, community and public health centres, extended care facilities, day clinics, rehabilitation centres and educational institutions, or may work in private practice. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists who are supervisors are included in this group.

Job duties

Audiologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Develop and administer audiometric tests and examinations using specialized instruments and electronic equipment to diagnose and evaluate the degree and type of patients' hearing impairment.
  • Plan and implement habilitation/rehabilitation programs for patients, including selection, fitting and adjustment of amplification devices, such as hearing aids, and teaching speech (lip) reading.
  • Provide information to patients and families regarding the nature, extent, impact and implications of hearing loss and treatment.
  • Establish personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Conduct research related to hearing and hearing disorders.
  • May instruct and supervise audiometric technicians, students and other health care personnel.

Speech-language pathologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Administer tests and examinations and observe patients to diagnose and evaluate speech, voice, resonance, language, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders.
  • Develop, plan and implement remedial programs to correct speech, voice, language, resonance, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders.
  • Establish group and personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Provide advice and educational services to patients and families regarding communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Conduct research on speech and other communication disorders and on the development and design of diagnostic procedures and devices.
  • May instruct and supervise communicative disorders assistants, students and other health care personnel.

Sample job titles

  • audiologist
  • clinical audiologist
  • diagnostic audiologist
  • hearing aid practitioner
  • pediatric audiologist
  • research audiologist
  • speech and hearing therapist
  • speech pathologist
  • speech therapist
  • speech-language pathologist

Skills

To work in this field you should have an interest in health, and in caring for the special needs of people, or an interest in educating and working with students who have language and communication challenges. Ingenuity, initiative, and imagination are needed to adapt activities to individual needs. You should be patient, self-disciplined, and resourceful. The ability to inspire confidence and to motivate clients is important. A strong sense of responsibility, good judgment, and communication skills are also necessary.

Job requirements

  • Audiologists require a master's degree in audiology.
  • Speech-language pathologists require a master's degree in speech-language pathology.
  • Membership in the national association, Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, is usually required.

Other considerations

Progression into management positions, such as chief audiologist or director of speech-language pathology, is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

300

employed in 2016

79.4%

employed full-time

11.7%

self employed

89.1%
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10.9%
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41.7

median age

Compared to: All Health

36,515

employed in 2016

77.1%

employed full-time

10.2%

self employed

83.6%
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16.4%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

57.8%

Halifax

14.1%

Cape Breton

10.9%

Annapolis Valley

9.4%

Northern

6.3%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

53.3%

Health Care and Social Assistance

38.3%

Educational Services

3.3%

Retail Trade

3.3%

Public Administration

1.7%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

44.4%

45-54

30.6%

35-44

16.7%

25-34

5.6%

55-64

Compared to: All Health

31.4%

45-54

27.6%

35-44

20.5%

55-64

15.2%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

85.7%

Doctorate

N/A
6.3%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

N/A
3.2%

University advanced certificate or diploma

$53,513 median annual income
3.2%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Health

39.4%

College certificate or diploma

$36,693 median annual income
27.6%

Bachelor's degree

$57,186 median annual income
7.2%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

$83,000 median annual income
6.9%

High school

$24,119 median annual income
5.1%

Master's degree

$87,808 median annual income

Education & training

Audiology/audiologist and speech-language pathology/pathologist

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any integrated or coordinated program that prepares individuals as audiologists and speech-language pathologists. These programs include courses in a variety of communication disorder studies, audiology, speech pathology, language acquisition, and the design and implementation of comprehensive therapeutic and rehabilitative solutions to communications problems.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Speech-language pathology/pathologist

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to evaluate the speaking, language interpretation, and related physiological and cognitive capabilities of children and/or adults and develop treatment and rehabilitative solutions in consultation with clinicians and educators. These programs include courses in the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing; biomechanics of swallowing and vocal articulation; communications disorders; psychology of auditory function and cognitive communication; language assessment and diagnostic techniques; and rehabilitative and management therapies.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Audiologist/Speech-Language Pathologist

Special Requirements: Standards exist for this job in Nova Scotia. Certification or membership in a professional body may be required by employers, however, a certificate is not legally needed to work in this occupation.

Regulating body:
Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia
PO Box 775, Halifax Central CRO
Halifax, NS B3J 2V2
(902) 423-9331
Hearing Aid Practitioner

Right to Practice: This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
Mail Room, 8 South, Maritime Centre 1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5
(800) 670-4357
(902) 424-0720

Contacts

Speech Pathologist's and Audiologist's Association of the NSTU
,
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 1000
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Tel: (613) 567-9968
Fax: (613) 567-2859
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Tel: (902) 461-0871
Fax: (902) 461-9572

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