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concerns about profession

Tue Jul 30 15:58:16 EST 1996

o.k. first off, I'm going to be starting my Masters degree in Audiology 
in September.  When I started considering this profession almost two 
years ago, I decided to talk to an audiologist to get a sense about what 
to expect.  She encouraged me, saying she has found it a fulfilling, 
dynamic career, one that she is proud of.  I have done alot of 
volunteer work with the deaf community as well as within a research 
setting. Just recently, I decided to do a little more indepth research, 
which included job searchs, newgroup postings etc.  On the one hand, 
organizations say it is "one of the hottest professions", median 
salaries approx. $39,000. On the other hand, I read from other 
audiologists that salaries are going down (for various reasons), some 
feel disillusioned with their career and that there are no jobs for new 
graduates.  This seems to correlate with my job search findings: that 
is, for every ten speech pathology job, there is MAYBE one audiology 
So could someone set me straight, why are there such drastically 
differing opinions about audiology as a career path? My own personal 
goal is to have a fulfilling career, but whats the point in spending 
three years in graduate school for only occasional, poorly paid work?

Sarah Mason

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