Research Article  |   December 2012
Audiologists' Professional Satisfaction
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • 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×
Hearing Disorders / Healthcare Settings / Practice Management / Professional Issues & Training / Research Article
Research Article   |   December 2012
Audiologists' Professional Satisfaction
American Journal of Audiology December 2012, Vol.21, 140-148. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/12-0005)
History: Accepted 01 May 2012 , Received 09 Feb 2012 , Revised 10 Apr 2012
American Journal of Audiology December 2012, Vol.21, 140-148. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/12-0005)
History: Accepted 01 May 2012 , Received 09 Feb 2012 , Revised 10 Apr 2012

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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