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Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

 
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NOC:3141
Occupation:Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
Category:Health

About the job

Nature of work:

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists diagnose, evaluate and treat human communication disorders including hearing, speech, language and voice disorders. Audiologists diagnose hearing difficulties, select and fit hearing aids, design and implement hearing rehabilitation strategies, and provide information on noise exposure and hearing conservation. Speech-language pathologists, on the other hand, screen, assess, identify, and treat speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), swallowing and feeding problems for all age groups in addition to advocating for the prevention of these disorders. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists are employed in hospitals, community and public health centres, schools, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, early intervention programs, universities, colleges, research centres, and private practices.

Skills:

To work in this field, you should have an interest in health and in caring for the special needs of people, or an interest in educating and working with students who have language and communication challenges. Ingenuity, initiative, and imagination are needed to adapt activities to individual needs. You should be patient, self-disciplined, and resourceful. The ability to inspire confidence and to motivate clients is important. A strong sense of responsibility, good judgment, and communication skills are also necessary.

Audiologists require a master’s degree in audiology. Speech-language pathologists require a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) Clinical Certification in either audiology or speech-language pathology is required. To apply for a hearing aid practitioner license completion of a six-month apprenticeship, an international examination, and a live fitting examination or completion of a master’s degree in audiology and a (SAC) Clinical Certification in Audiology is required.

Other considerations:

None

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is above average. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 250, and so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With 21% of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are most typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 66% of individuals in this occupational group who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $73,934. The median income for the occupation overall was $70,790
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)

Estimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2011 and 2016Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2011-2016Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014 Estimated hourly earnings in 2013
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241Growing40
Around Average
Median:$38.50
Minimum:$29.00
Maximum:$44.75
Percent employed full-time: 62.9 %
Percent self employed:9.7 %
Where will I likely work?
Area of Employment% Employed
Southern Region7.9
Northern Region10.5
Cape Breton26.3
Halifax55.3
Industry of Employment% Employed
Educational Services30.6
Health Care and Social Assistance62.9
What are the workers like?
Age% Employed
15-240.0
25-3431.1
35-4419.7
45-5427.9
55-6421.3
65+0.0
Gender% Employed
Female93.5
Male6.5
Education% Employed
Less than high school graduation certificate0.0
High school graduation certificate or equivalent0.0
Trades certificate or diploma0.0
Non-university certificate or diploma0.0
University certificate or diploma below bachelor0.0
University bachelor's degree10.0
University post graduate degrees90.0
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Audiologist/Speech-Language Pathologist
Special Requirements:Standards exist for this profession in Nova Scotia. Certification or membership in a professional association may be required by employers. However, a certificate is not required to work in this occupation.
Regulating body:
Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia
PO Box 775, Station Central
Halifax, NS B3J 2V2
(902) 423-9331
Hearing Aid Practitioner
Right to Practice:This occupation is regulated in Nova Scotia. Certification attests that the holder has met provincial requirements for the occupation. A certificate is required to work in this occupation.
Regulating body:
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
Mail Room, 8 South, Maritime Centre 1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5
(800) 670-4357
(902) 424-0720
askus@novascotia.ca
Useful contacts:
Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia
PO Box 775, Station Central
Halifax, NS B3J 2V2
Tel: (902) 423-9331
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 1000
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Tel: (613) 567-9968
Fax: (613) 567-2859
info@sac-oac.ca
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Tel: (902) 461-0871
Fax: (902) 461-9572
info@hcsc.ca
Speech Pathologist's and Audiologist's Association of the NSTU
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Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Audiology/audiologist and speech-language pathology/pathologist
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any integrated or coordinated program that prepares individuals as audiologists and speech-language pathologists. These programs include courses in a variety of communication disorder studies, audiology, speech pathology, language acquisition, and the design and implementation of comprehensive therapeutic and rehabilitative solutions to communications problems.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Linguistics
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on language, language development, and relationships among languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective. These programs include courses in subjects such as psycholinguistics, behavioural linguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, mathematical and computational linguistics, grammatical theory and theoretical linguistics, philosophical linguistics, philology and historical linguistics, comparative linguistics, phonetics, phonemics, dialectology, semantics, functional grammar and linguistics, language typology, lexicography, morphology and syntax, orthography, stylistics, structuralism, rhetoric, and applications to artificial intelligence.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Program Name:Nursing/registered nurse (RN, ASN, BScN, MScN)
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirm, or other individuals or groups. These programs include courses in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Psychology - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behaviour, the physical and environmental bases of behaviour, and the analysis and treatment of behaviour problems and disorders. These programs include courses in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Speech-language pathology/pathologist
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to evaluate the speaking, language interpretation, and related physiological and cognitive capabilities of children and/or adults and develop treatment and rehabilitative solutions in consultation with clinicians and educators. These programs include courses in the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing; biomechanics of swallowing and vocal articulation; communications disorders; psychology of auditory function and cognitive communication; language assessment and diagnostic techniques; and rehabilitative and management therapies.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca

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Speech-Language Pathologist