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28 Associates's Degrees Annually
#176 in Popularity (Associate's)
$55,650 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Hearing Instrument Specialist Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many hearing instrument specialist graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 23
Undergraduate Certificate 2

What Hearing Instrument Specialist Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to hearing instrument specialist were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Hearing Instrument Specialist Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in hearing instrument specialist should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Hearing Instrument Specialist Majors

When studying hearing instrument specialist, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Hearing Instrument Specialist Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a hearing instrument specialist student include the following:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Hearing Instrument Specialist Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with hearing instrument specialist:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Hearing Aid Specialists 20.6% $52,770

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Hearing Instrument Specialist?

23 Associate's Degrees Annually
52% Percent Women
30% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Roughly 52% of the graduates are women, and 48% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of hearing instrument specialist majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 15
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

How Much Do Hearing Instrument Specialist Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to hearing instrument specialist is $55,650. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with hearing instrument specialist require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to hearing instrument specialist have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 2.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 15.5%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.4%
Some College Courses 2.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 33.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 39.4%
Master’s Degree 1.7%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 2.7%
Doctoral Degree 2.2%

Online Hearing Instrument Specialist Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 3 schools offered some type of hearing instrument specialist program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 3 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Hearing Instrument Specialist Worth It?

The median salary for a hearing instrument specialist grad is $55,650 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 39% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $315,000 after 20 years!

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References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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