Occupation Summary


O*NET 29-1181.00


Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 26.82%.
Education Level:
Doctoral Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

  1. Examine and clean patients' ear canals.
  2. Educate and supervise audiology students and health care personnel.
  3. Develop and supervise hearing screening programs.
  4. Counsel and instruct patients and their families in techniques to improve hearing and communication related to hearing loss.
  5. Evaluate hearing and balance disorders to determine diagnoses and courses of treatment.
  6. Program and monitor cochlear implants to fit the needs of patients.
  7. Participate in conferences or training to update or share knowledge of new hearing or balance disorder treatment methods or technologies.
  8. Conduct or direct research on hearing or balance topics and report findings to help in the development of procedures, technology, or treatments.
  9. Plan and conduct treatment programs for patients' hearing or balance problems, consulting with educators, physicians, nurses, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and other health care personnel as necessary.
  10. Administer hearing tests and examine patients to collect information on type and degree of impairment, using specialized instruments and electronic equipment.
  11. Engage in marketing activities, such as developing marketing plans, to promote business for private practices.
  12. Recommend assistive devices according to patients' needs or nature of impairments.
  13. Fit, dispense, and repair assistive devices, such as hearing aids.
  14. Advise educators or other medical staff on hearing or balance topics.
  15. Provide information to the public on hearing or balance topics.
  16. Instruct patients, parents, teachers, or employers in communication strategies to maximize effective receptive communication.
  17. Work with multidisciplinary teams to assess and rehabilitate recipients of implanted hearing devices through auditory training and counseling.
  18. Monitor patients' progress and provide ongoing observation of hearing or balance status.
  19. Measure noise levels in workplaces and conduct hearing conservation programs in industry, military, schools, and communities.
  20. Refer patients to additional medical or educational services if needed.
  21. Perform administrative tasks, such as managing office functions and finances.
  22. Maintain patient records at all stages, including initial and subsequent evaluation and treatment activities.

National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Audiologists employed Annual Growth Rate
Offices of physicians 23.8 1.84

Labor Market Information

2018 Statewide average hourly wage $37.34
2018 National average hourly wage $39.52
2016 National employment 14,800
2016 Texas employment 1,152
Texas projected employment by 2026 1,461
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 88

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Learning
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

  • Documenting/Recording Information
    -- Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
    -- Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
    -- Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
    -- Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Other Activities

  • Adapt activities to meet participant needs
  • Advise staff on speech or hearing topics
  • Analyze medical or health data
  • Analyze patient activity
  • Analyze speech or hearing data
  • Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
  • Assist individuals with physical disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
  • Attend professional conferences and events
  • Collect clinical data
  • Communicate health and safety information
  • Communicate technical or scientific information
  • Conduct informational presentations
  • Conduct noninvasive medical diagnostic assessments
  • Conduct patient assessments
  • Counsel people regarding issues, problems, or grief situations
  • Develop treatment plans
  • Diagnose medical condition of patient
  • Document medical prognosis
  • Educate patients in use of supportive or health-related devices
  • Educate patients regarding diagnosis
  • Evaluate client progress against measurable recorded goals
  • Evaluate patient's skills or capacities
  • Evaluate therapy needs of patient or client
  • Examine patients
  • Explain testing procedures to patient
  • Fit medical supportive devices
  • Identify needs of communication-impaired persons
  • Monitor patient condition and health
  • Observe patient or client condition
  • Obtain information from clients, customers, or patients
  • Operate computers to enter, calculate, access, and retrieve data
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Perform scientific research
  • Prepare medical reports
  • Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
  • Prepare technical or scientific reports
  • Prescribe medication
  • Provide assistance in administering rehabilitation
  • Recommend medical devices, drugs, or treatments
  • Recommend treatments for speech or hearing problems
  • Treat medical condition of patient

  • Achievement
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Relationships
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.


Audiometers or accessories: Two-channel audiometers; Audiometers; Automatic impedance audiometers;

Audiometric bone vibrators or middle ear analyzers: Electronystagmographs ENG; Portable diagnostic middle ear analyzers;

Audiometric booths or acoustic hearing test chambers: Audiometric test booths;

Auditory function screening units: Auditory brainstem response ABR screening systems; Caloric irrigators; Otoaucoustic emissions OAE screening systems; Portable auditory screeners; Speech mapping systems;

Aural probes: Ear probes; Electroacoustic impedance bridges;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Digital camcorders or video cameras: Video goggles;

Electrocochleographs: Electrocochleography ECOG equipment;

Electromyography EMG units or accessories: Biofeedback equipment;

Gyroscopic instruments: Headband mounted angular velocity sensors;

Hearing aid analyzers or test systems: Hearing aid analyzers; Hearing aid test boxes;

Hearing aids for the physically challenged: Hearing aids; Programmable hearing aids;

Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy: Posturography dynamic platforms;

Medical lamps: Digital light bars;

Medical syringe without needle: Impression syringes;

Medical tuning forks: Diagnostic tuning forks;

Notebook computers: Laptop computers;

Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets: Otoscopes; Video otoscopes;

Personal computers: Personal computers;

Potentiometers: Potentiometers;

Power drills: Hearing aid repair drills;

Power grinders: Hearing aid repair grinders;

Screwdrivers: Jeweler's screwdrivers;

Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter: Sound level meters;

Tablet computers: Tablet computers;

Tympanometers or accessories: Tympanometers;


Electronic mail software: Microsoft Outlook;

Medical software: Siemens Hearing Instruments Practice Navigator; Simply Hearing Software Simply Hearing OMS; Starkey Laboratories ProHear; Sycle software; Vestibular Technologies ScreenTRAK; Vestibular diagnostic software; Abacus Data Solutions HearWare; Bio-logic Systems HINT Pro; Chart Links software; Computers Unlimited TIMS for Audiology; Ear Works; Ear measurement software; Etymotic Research QuickSIN; GN Otometrics CHARTR EP; HearForm Software HearForm; Hearing aid fitting software;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

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  • 29-1127.00 Speech-Language Pathologists

Sources of Additional Information
  • For information on state-specific licensing requirements, contact the state‚Äôs licensing board. 
  • For more information about audiologists, including requirements for certification and state licensure, visit: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • American Board of Audiology
  • American Academy of Audiology
  • Audiologists

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Market and Career Information  |  101 E. 15th Street, Annex Room 0252  |  Austin, Texas 78778
    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.