Letter to the Editor I am writing in response to the editorial in the July 1995 edition of the American Journal of Audiology. I take exception to the optimistic outlook regarding the future of the audiology profession. Someone probably seriously needs to analyze the statistics that led to the conclusion that speech pathology/audiology is ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   November 01, 1995
Letter to the Editor
 
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  • Anita Bloom
    Chair, Delaware Valley Audiology Discussion Group Philadelphia, PA
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Letter to the Editor   |   November 01, 1995
Letter to the Editor
American Journal of Audiology, November 1995, Vol. 4, 88-89. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0403.88
 
American Journal of Audiology, November 1995, Vol. 4, 88-89. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0403.88
I am writing in response to the editorial in the July 1995 edition of the American Journal of Audiology. I take exception to the optimistic outlook regarding the future of the audiology profession. Someone probably seriously needs to analyze the statistics that led to the conclusion that speech pathology/audiology is the 11th “hottest job in America.” I am an audiologist with excellent clinical skills and over 15 years experience in a wide variety of settings, but I’ve spent the last year essentially unemployed.
In my geographic area, the two fields—audiology and speech-language pathology—are functioning on drastically different growth curves. Speech-language pathologists are constantly and persistently recruited with their pick of jobs and ever-increasing salaries. Audiologists are praying to hold on to the jobs they have and competing with new graduates and recent CFYs who are willing to take the rapidly decreasing salaries for those few jobs that are available (few of which are full time).
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