Having been in the field 11 years and observed it since i left in 1987,
there are a few points to ponder- if you want to "help people", think
about the following:
check out the want ads and count the openings for audiologists versus
physical, occupational and respiratory therapists. this will tell you
how packed the field is.
also keep in mind that you can get right to work with a Bachelor's degree,
without the expense of a Master's
also keep in mind that with this added demand, the salaries are higher
(so it is a buyer's market - a crowded one at that)
add to normal living expenses and paying off student loans the expense of
belonging to ASHA and continuing education. then think about how this
association can't seem to put public service announcements explaining
what audiologists do until 3am. And that it is still pretty much
controlled by the speech therapy factions.
then think about this . . . the field didn't exist before WWII, and was
developed by otolaryngologists who wanted to lower their chances of
the fight against this may be private practice, but what graduate has the
bucks for the horribly expensive equipment required by the profession?
no, i don't have answers - but that is part of why i left the field. i
knew something was wrong when i was paid more as an administrative
assistant a few years later than i was ever paid as an audiologist - in
11 years - with extensive and varied experience, including boosting
profits for a speech and hearing clinic.
the professors won't tell you - they need you for their tenure.
the university won't tell you - they need you for their income.
the association won't tell you - they stand to make money off you.
the otolaryngologists won't tell you - they just want your services for
and often your colleagues won't tell you - because you become nothing but
competition to them.
off my soapbox. i don't require you agree - just look at the want ads
and see the truth for yourself.
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