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Audiologists

Audiologists - At a Glance

Speech pathologists and audiologists help people speak more clearly or hear better.

Quick Facts:  Speech Pathologists and Audiologists
WagesEarn $76,003 - $76,212 per year
EmploymentLarge occupation
10 Year GrowthAverage growth
Annual OpeningsModerate

Preparation 

Preparation

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A speech pathologist typically needs to:

  • have a master’s degree in speech pathology
  • pass a licensing exam

An audiologist typically needs to:

  • have a doctorate degree in audiology
  • pass a licensing exam

Working Conditions 

Working Conditions

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In a typical work setting, speech pathologists and audiologists:

  • Have a high level of social interaction with clients, family members, and other health care staff.
  • Almost always work indoors.
  • Must be very exact and accurate in testing speech and hearing problems and helping clients. Errors may cause clients not to progress.
  • May work part time or full time. Most work full time.

Wages 

Wages

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In Illinois, speech pathologists and audiologists earn a median wage of $76,003 - $76,212 per year.

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Employment and Outlook 

Employment and Outlook

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In Illinois, 7,216 speech pathologists and audiologists work in this large occupation.

LocationEmployment10 Year GrowthAnnual Openings
Illinois7,216
Large
10.4%
Average
447
Moderate
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.