At my very first official job shadow (for high school) in a veterinary hospital, we were required to ask a bunch of questions about the career. At the time, I was a Junior in and had already been volunteering with the former local vet for 6 years. Also, I had already been observing this new vet for 5-6 months. So I already kind of knew what questions to ask a veterinarian–as well as a lot of information about the career.
With audiology, I do not have any experience. I’m not even certain how to gain any (outside of a school program) and so I do not know what questions are appropriate. And all I know about the career is what I’ve read online. I’ll certainly have more to add later, but to amend that, here is a list of questions I generated for myself:
-How many years are most audiologists in school?
-Are there any specialties? What are the requirements?
-what kinds of niches can an audiologist work in?
-What is the most under-served population or area for audiology? The most popular?
-What is the most under-served location for audiology? The most popular?
-What technical skills does an audiologist need?
-How much clinical experience do most audiologists have during school and immediately after graduation?
-To get the AuD is there a big board certification test?
-If so, does this have to be taken in every state in order to practice there?
-Do audiologists have continuing education?
-What are the licensing requirements for the AuD?
-What fees are required to keep the AuD current?
-What is the daily routine?
-How many hours does an audiologist work on average?
-Do you ever miss lunches or stay late at the end of the day?
-Are audiologists called in for emergencies of any sort?
-Do audiologists work weekends? What about holidays?
-How much does an audiologist work with the deaf community?
-how helpful is a knowledge of sign language?
-Does an audiologist need a background in psychology?
-How often do you need to council patient’s suffering emotionally because of their hearing loss?
-do audiologists own their own businesses?
-Are there physical aspects of the job?
-How often are audiologists at a desk and how often do they stand?
-Does audiology require travel to various work locations?
-What is the best aspect of the job? The most difficult?
-What is the grossest thing encountered?
-Do audiologists have assistants/techs/staff or do they work independently?
-What percent of the time is an audiologist working with patients/clients/the public?
- The Future Of Independents In Audiology (justaudiologystuff.com)