Audiologists' Professional Satisfaction Purpose The authors surveyed currently practicing audiologists to evaluate their professional satisfaction and compared the results to a similar survey conducted in 1997. Method The authors repeated an audiologist professional satisfaction survey conducted in 1997; 382 randomly chosen, currently practicing audiologists participated. Responses to 38 statements were on ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 2012
Audiologists' Professional Satisfaction
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Patricia Saccone
    VA Medical Center, West Palm Beach, FL
  • James Steiger
    Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium, Akron, OH
  • Correspondence to Patricia Saccone: patricia.saccone@va.gov
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Healthcare Settings / Practice Management / Professional Issues & Training / Research Articles
Research Article   |   December 01, 2012
Audiologists' Professional Satisfaction
American Journal of Audiology, December 2012, Vol. 21, 140-148. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/12-0005)
History: Received February 9, 2012 , Revised April 10, 2012 , Accepted May 1, 2012
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2012, Vol. 21, 140-148. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/12-0005)
History: Received February 9, 2012; Revised April 10, 2012; Accepted May 1, 2012
Web of Science® Times Cited: 3

Purpose The authors surveyed currently practicing audiologists to evaluate their professional satisfaction and compared the results to a similar survey conducted in 1997.

Method The authors repeated an audiologist professional satisfaction survey conducted in 1997; 382 randomly chosen, currently practicing audiologists participated. Responses to 38 statements were on a 5-point Likert scale (5 = strong agreement with a statement, 1 = strong disagreement with a statement). The respondent sample was broken down into demographic subgroups, and statements were divided into subgroups reflecting 6 core reward areas that contribute to overall professional satisfaction.

Results Mean group satisfaction was 3.9 (n = 382; SD = 1.01), which has remained unchanged since 1997 (p < .05). Private practice audiologists' mean group satisfaction of 4.31 (n = 80, SD = 0.78) was higher than for other practice settings (p < .05). AuD private practice owners' mean group satisfaction of 4.52 (n = 46, SD = 0.66) was higher than for other degrees and practice settings (p < .05). Core reward area ratings differed for AuD, MA/MS, and PhD degree holders (p < .05). Correlations between the average core reward area ratings and mean group satisfaction met statistical significance (p < .05).

Conclusions These results have implications for goal setting and planning within the profession and for audiologists' career choices.

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