VA Medical Center, West Palm Beach FL
Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium, Akron OH
Purpose: Currently practicing audiologists were surveyed to evaluate their professional satisfaction and for comparison to audiologists surveyed in 1997.
Method: We 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 where 5 indicated strong agreement with a statement and 1 indicated strong disagreement with a statement. The respondent sample was broken down into demographic subgroups and statements were divided into subgroups reflecting six core reward areas that contribute to overall professional satisfaction.
Results: Group mean satisfaction was 3.9 (n = 382; SD 1.01), unchanged since 1997 (p < .05). Private practice audiologists' group mean satisfaction of 4.31 (n = 80, SD = 0.78) was higher than for other practice settings (p < .05). AuD private practice owners' group mean satisfaction of 4.52 (n = 46, SD = .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 group mean satisfaction met statistical significance (p < .05).
Conclusions: Our results have implications for goal setting and planning within the profession and for audiologist's career choices.