“Audiologists are health professionals who deal with the diagnosis and non-medical management of disorders of the ear. Audiologists work in hospitals, community health centres, in research at universities, private practice, and in medical practices.
If you have a science or health-related degree, you may find audiology a fascinating career. Did you know that the profession of audiology is listed in the top 10 least stressful jobs? Very few audiologists will be without a job – they find positions even before they graduate. A recent poll of our University of Melbourne final year audiology students showed that 100% had already had a job interview and approximately 50% had secured a job mid year. Interestingly, entry level audiologists, according to payscale.com, can expect a salary around $65,000.
The pathway to becoming an audiologist does not end with a Masters of Clinical Audiology Course. To be able to register for a practitioner or Medicare provider number, you need to obtain a Certificate of Clinical Practice (CCP) through our governing body, Audiology Australia.
To obtain the CCP, a Full Member must participate in a supervised 12-month equivalent full-time clinical practicum. This is called a Clinical Internship. Supervision must be carried out by a Full Member or Fellow Member of Audiology Australia who holds a current CCP.
The Clinical Internship is a formal process of professional support and learning which enables practitioners to develop knowledge and competence, assume responsibility for their own practice and enhance consumer protection and safety of care in complex clinical situations.
Audiology Australia recognises the Certificate of Clinical Practice as the benchmark for clinical practice in Audiology in Australia.
To register for the clinical internship program you need to complete the registration form and post to the Audiology Australia office by mid-January.
So what advice can we give to graduates who are about to enter the workforce?
- Be prepared to travel. It’s unlikely your ideal job will be the first one you go for.
- Get some advice about preparing your CV. A well organized and laid out CV is more likely to land you an interview.
- If you are lucky enough to get an interview, turn up on time and appear eager. Don’t focus on your marks, especially if you performed really well. Most workplaces look at how you interact.”
Chris Waterworth is a clinical audiologist at the University of Melbourne Audiology & Speech Pathology Department.