Audiologist Career Plan
Although audiologists don’t attend medical school, they do have doctorate level education. If you are interested in this exciting field, you’ll want to do some early planning.
Become an Audiologist…
- How to Become an Audiologist
- Schools Offering: Bachelor of Science (BS) Programs – Undergraduate Education
- Schools Offering: Audiology and Speech Pathology Programs – Graduate/Doctoral Study
Related Audiology Resources…
Take a college prep curriculum with plenty of math and science. You may also want to consider communications, health exploration, and social science classes.
Try job shadowing or volunteering. You may want to participate in the Health Occupations Students Association. You have the opportunity to network and participate in competitions. One competition that you might consider is Clinical Specialties. You get to put together a portfolio of your research and experiences, videotape yourself in the field, and then do an interview.
Plan for college. You will earn a bachelor’s degree first, a Master’s degree, then a doctorate degree. The undergraduate degree can be in your choice of fields, but you will want to look ahead to make sure that you’re getting your prerequisites in. Programs typically have requirements in both natural and behavioral science. There may be a statistics requirements as well. Programs may have additional recommended classes like sign language. Aim for a 3.5 GPA, though it is possible to get in with less.
Research schools accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Complete application requirements. You may need to take the GRE.
Complete coursework and field experiences.
It’s time for a position. Your college may have a placement office. You can also utilize online resources like Audiologist Jobs or Careers in Military Audiology.
Personality Traits: The BLS cites patience, listening skills, and communication ability as important traits.