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3141 – Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

Audiologists are in huge demand in Canada and you can get a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa either with or without a job offer.  If you have experience as Audiologist and have been working as an Audiologist for more than two years, you can immigrate to Canada under Canada Express Entry.  Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to move to Canada as an Audiologist is 3141. This is also known as the NOC Code for Speech Therapist.

Audiologists diagnose, evaluate and treat individuals with peripheral and central hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems. Speech-language pathologists diagnose, assess and treat human communication disorders including speech, fluency, language, voice and swallowing disorders. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists are employed in hospitals, community and public health centres, extended care facilities, day clinics, rehabilitation centres and educational institutions, or may work in private practice. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists who are supervisors are included in this unit group.

Audiologist jobs & Demand in Canada.

Currently, there is huge  shortage of audiologists in Canada, the reason being large portion of the community is underserved in terms of hearing and balance healthcare.  population in Canada is aging and longer life expectancy are expected to increase the number of seniors using these professional services. As a result, and similar to other health occupations, the employment growth rate for this occupational group is expected to be among the strongest of all occupations. speech-language pathologists and Audiologist are in high demand in Canada. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists will increase over the period of 2022-2028, new job openings are expected to total 6800, the minimum education requirement for speech-language pathologists is a Bachelor or master’s degree in speech-language pathology.

How to become an audiologist in Canada

Minimum becholor or master’s degree in Audiology is requirement for an audiologist to practice in Canada. If you already have an undergraduate degree, you can complete a master’s in audiology in two or three years (depends on the program). Candidate need to do Registration with a regulatory body is required for Audiologists and speech-language pathologists in Alberta,  British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Quebec. They required to have a Membership in the national association, Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Some times they required to obtain a separate licence to dispense hearing aids as Audiologist. To become licensed in either profession in Canada, you need to complete minimum number of clinical/instruction hours.  To  become an audiologist in Canada, you must have studied and practiced speech pathology as well. The total amount of clinical and instruction hours required to become licensed vary depending on the province. The CETP Exam is a national, standardized, competency-based entry-to-practice exam for speech-language pathologists and  audiologists. It is a regulatory exam based on the competency profiles and sub-competencies recently developed by CAASPR for the purpose of regulation. Audiologists often work in ENT (Ear, nose and throat) offices, administering hearing tests and dispensing hearing aids.

Audiologist Salary in Canada

The average Salary of audiologist in Canada is $85,685 per year and $46.80 per hour. Entry-level positions can start at $72,324 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $98,250 per year. Below is the salary for Audiologist as per Provinces

ProvinceSalary
Alberta                    $93,050
Ontario                   $84,338
British Columbia          $78,205
Quebec                       $68,708
Manitoba                     $52,985

Profile

Example titles

  • Audiologist
  • Audiology clinician
  • Certified audiologist
  • Clinical audiologist
  • Educational speech-language pathologist
  • Research audiologist
  • Speech therapist
  • Speech-language clinician

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Audiologists
  • Develop and administer audiometric tests and examinations using specialized instruments and electronic equipment to diagnose and evaluate the degree and type of patients' hearing impairment
  • Plan and implement habilitation/rehabilitation programs for patients, including selection, fitting and adjustment of amplification devices, such as hearing aids, balance retraining exercises and teaching speech (lip) reading
  • Educate and counsel patients and families regarding the nature, extent, impact and implications of hearing loss and treatment
  • Establish personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Conduct research related to hearing and hearing disorders
  • May instruct and supervise audiometric technicians, students and other health care personnel.

Speech-language pathologists

  • Administer tests and examinations and observe patients to diagnose and evaluate speech, voice, resonance, language, fluency, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders
  • Develop, plan and implement remedial programs to correct speech, voice, language, fluency, resonance, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders
  • Establish group and personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Educate and counsel patients and families regarding communication and swallowing disorders
  • Conduct research on speech and other communication disorders and on the development and design of diagnostic procedures and devices
  • May instruct and supervise communicative disorders assistants, students and other health care personnel.

Employment requirements

  • Audiologists require a master's degree in audiology.
  • Speech-language pathologists require a master's degree in speech-language pathology.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for audiologists and speech-language pathologists in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Membership in the national association, Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, is usually required.
  • In some jurisdictions, audiologists may be required to obtain a separate licence to dispense hearing aids.

Additional information

  • Progression into management positions, such as chief audiologist or director of speech-language pathology, is possible with experience.

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