Audiologist (Female, Age 27) in Midlothian, VA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleAudiologist
Salary$48,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week45
Company Size(not answered)
LocationMidlothian, VA
Years Experience6 months

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

Table of Contents

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for a fairly large private medical practice, providing otolaryngologic, audiologic, medical skin care, cosmetic and allergy services to pediatric and adult populations.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
provide hearing evaluation, hearing aid consultation, fitting and follow-up, and balance testing and management for adults and pediatric populations. Provide on-call services for practice physicians for 1/2 the day.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
16 days of paid time off, professional organization dues reimbursement, time off for continuing education, POS/HMO/PPO insurance plans available, including dental and vision, profit sharing.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Compensation is not commensurate with level of education or experience. This is currently true across the field, and is not unique to my current employment situation.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I work with people from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and with patients of all ages. You must like working with people to become a clinical practitioner. It is something that I have always enjoyed.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
for health seminars that occasionally occur in office or at community health fairs.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 5
Benefits: 3
Hours: 2
Co-Workers: 6
Supervisors: 7
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 4
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amWake up, shower, and prepare for work in business casual dress.
8am to 9amArrive at work at 8:15, check emails and company announcement page for any announcements, call schedules and provider schedules. Begin seeing patients.
9am to 10amSee private patients for hearing testing and hearing aid consultations. Discuss personal needs, expectations for use of hearing aids and discuss the benefits and drawbacks for various models and technologies.
10am to 11amSee private patients for evaluation of vertigo, extensive testing is performed to determine if the ear is responsible, at least in part, for experienced symptoms. Provide exercises and treatments for specific types of vertigo.
11am to 12pmContinue seeing patients as described above. Complete as many chart notes and contact notes as possible from previous day and morning. Check voicemail for patient calls and collaborating professional phone calls.
12pm to 1pmLunch break
1pm to 2pmOn call for physicians, providing hearing tests and simple balance testing on demand. Fitting children and adults with water protection for their ears when necessary.
2pm to 3pmProviding hearing tests, etc (as above) on demand as on call audiologist for the practice’s physicians. Completing chart notes and encounter notes as applicable.
3pm to 4pmContinue providing on demand audiology services as above.
4pm to 5pmCheck voice mails accrued from the afternoon, reply to patient calls, make appointments for patients needing audiology services. Place orders for hearing aids ordered by today’s private patients. Send applicable reports to outside referring physicians. Leave work at 4:45 pm, drive home
5pm to 6pmArrive home. Nothing work related
6pm to 7pmNothing work related
7pm to 8pmNothing work related
8pm to 9pmNothing work related
9pm to 10pmNothing work related
10pm to 11pmNothing work related
11pm to 12amGo to bed.

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
internet job posting on professional website.

What was the application process?
submitted resume to director of department

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
The interview was a group interview lasting several hours. It involved meeing physicians and other audiologists, touring the satellite offices.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
I do not remember

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes. During the interview process, the employers told me their expectations and generalizations about their patient demographic base.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Doctoral level education in the field is required for entry to the field. Training includes classes on theory, anatomy, physiology and several internships in varous clinical placements.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes. It is the required educational level for entry to the field.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
yes. The various clinical rotations I went through prepared me for a variety of patients, as well as prepared me to work with difficult co-workers.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
A doctoral level degree is required for entry level practitioners in my field. A love of working with people is required, ask around to local audiology practices to “shadow” to determine if it is the right field to enter.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Must have people skills, social skills, organization and general technical skills. Must be able to work collaboratively with referring physicians and other professionals to best manage hearing/balance issues to the specific needs of each patient.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes. A doctoral degree is required.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Don’t go into this field for the money. If you are sincere about helping people, and are willing to accept a challenge, it’s a good field to be in.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
yes. It is the career path I have chosen.

What are your current career goals?
My goals are to successfully fit children and adults in need with hearing aid amplification to improve their quality of life.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
no

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Audiologist2 years37000provided diagnostic hearing and balance evaluations in a medical practice, as well as consultations, fittings and follow-up for hearing aids.
Prior Job 2Audiologist6 month internshipN/Aprovided diagnostic hearing and balance evaluations in a medical practice, as well as consultations, fittings and follow-up for hearing aids.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.8

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.3James Madison UniversityCommunication Sciences and Disorders/B.S.
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
4James Madison UniversityAudiology/Ph.D.

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