Audiologists’ Professional Satisfaction Remains Stable Audiologists’ satisfaction with their careers, averaged across settings and types of degrees earned, stands at 3.9 on a five-point scale, a rating that has not changed since 1997, according to survey results published in the December 2012 issue of the American Journal of Audiology. These results have implications for goal ... Research in Brief
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Audiologists’ Professional Satisfaction Remains Stable
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Research in Brief   |   May 01, 2013
Audiologists’ Professional Satisfaction Remains Stable
The ASHA Leader, May 2013, Vol. 18, 32. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB2.18052013.32
The ASHA Leader, May 2013, Vol. 18, 32. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB2.18052013.32
Audiologists’ satisfaction with their careers, averaged across settings and types of degrees earned, stands at 3.9 on a five-point scale, a rating that has not changed since 1997, according to survey results published in the December 2012 issue of the American Journal of Audiology. These results have implications for goal setting and planning within the profession, and for audiologists’ career choices.
The authors asked 382 randomly chosen, practicing audiologists to evaluate their professional satisfaction, and compared the results to their similar 1997 survey. Audiologists responded to 38 statements on a five-point Likert scale (5 = strong agreement with a statement, 1 = strong disagreement with a statement). The respondents were broken down into demographic subgroups, and statements were divided into subgroups reflecting six core reward areas that contribute to overall professional satisfaction. The authors found statistically significant correlations between how average core reward areas were rated and mean group satisfaction.
Mean group satisfaction was 3.9, which has remained unchanged since 1997. The 80 private practice audiologists in the survey showed a mean group satisfaction of 4.31, higher than for other practice settings. AuD private practice owners’ mean group satisfaction of 4.52 was higher than for other degrees and practice settings.
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