3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
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Lead statementAudiologists 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.
- research audiologist
- speech therapist
- certified audiologist
- speech-language clinician
- clinical audiologist
- educational speech-language pathologist
- 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.
- Progression into management positions, such as chief audiologist or director of speech-language pathology, is possible with experience.
- Audiology and speech-language technical and assisting occupations
32373237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment)
- Braille, lip-reading and sign language instructors
42154215 Instructors of persons with disabilities)
- Managers in health care
31113111 Specialist physicians)