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Audiology: Career and Education Opportunities in Iowa

Audiology: Audiologists are physicians who specialize hearing problems. Focused on one of our core perceptual abilities, they provide therapies and solutions for hearing problems that result from age, disease or occupational hazards.

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Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.


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Audiologists assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. Audiologists need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to actively seek out need information and learn from it.