Research Article  |   June 2012
The Awareness of the Profession of Audiology Among Entering College Students
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jeremy J. Donai
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
  • Chris F. Araj
    Towson University, Towson, MD
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Research Article
Research Article   |   June 2012
The Awareness of the Profession of Audiology Among Entering College Students
American Journal of Audiology, June 2012, Vol. 21, 41-50. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/11-0033)
History: Received October 24, 2011 , Revised January 23, 2012 , Accepted January 26, 2012
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2012, Vol. 21, 41-50. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/11-0033)
History: Received October 24, 2011; Revised January 23, 2012; Accepted January 26, 2012
Web of Science® Times Cited: 1

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop and pilot test a survey of entering college students' awareness of the profession of audiology and to report the preliminary results of the survey.

Method: A survey was developed and administered in 2003 at the California University of Pennsylvania. A modified survey was administered in 2009. Survey questions asked students to identify what audiologists do and the education requirements to become an audiologist.

Results: Seventeen percent of the students self-reported that they knew what an audiologist did and were able to accurately describe the profession. Approximately 30% of the students learned about audiology from family/friends. Students reported selecting their major based on interest in a specific field and not on market-driven forces such as job opportunities and salary.

Conclusion: Future surveys should be conducted to confirm the extent of the lack of visibility of audiology as a profession and to serve as a metric for the efficacy of future marketing efforts in the profession.

Acknowledgments
The authors would like to thank California University of Pennsylvania President, Angelo Armenti Jr., for approving the distribution of the survey; Barbara Bonfanti for her willingness to serve as Cal U faculty advisor for Jeremy Donai and a liaison for this project; and Jennifer Sigado and Cal U orientation staff for distributing the survey on both occasions. Without their help, this project would not have been possible.
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