Audiology is a rewarding and enjoyable career. In fact, it was rated as the third least stressful job in the United States back in 2018. So what kind of hours can an audiologist expect to work?
In the United States, most audiologists work normal 40-hour weeks, with eight-hour days, five days a week. Many also get an hour of lunch, and sometimes this is even paid (though that obviously depends on the employer). Often, these work hours begin at 8:30 a.m., which is certainly not out of the ordinary for a full-time career in the U.S.
Outside of the States, though, things vary wildly. In the U.K., for example, audiologists can expect to work 37.5 hours per week, and on average are eligible for 27 vacation days per year.
In India, however, many audiologists report working 12 or more hours per day, six days per week. This seems to be the result of an audiologist shortage. According to Dr. Amitabh Malik of the Paras Hospital in Gurugram, “Currently, India has only around 5000 SLPAs” (Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists) to handle around 50 million patients (as reported by The Times of India). If you’re looking to get into a high-demand field in India, Audiology is definitely high-demand, though you should expect to work long hours.
In conclusion, while work hours for audiologists can vary widely by country, in the United States you can expect to work your standard 40-hour week.