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Best Careers for Auditory Learners

This article discusses a number of career options that auditory learners may find appealing. These occupations focus heavily on listening and using auditory content in their regular work duties.

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Career Options for Auditory Learners

Auditory learners are people who favor using their listening skills and can effectively process content that they hear. They don't have to see things in print, like visual learners do, to fully understand; they can understand and make decisions best by hearing information. Auditory learners may be particularly interested in career options that rely on their ability to listen closely to other people, or specific types of auditory content, and use that to inform their work. This list includes career options that may appeal to auditory learners.

Job Title Median Annual Salary* (2016) Job Outlook* (2014-2024)
Judges and Hearing Officers $109,940 -1%
Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers $63,500 11%
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians $42,550 7%
Musicians and Singers $25.14 (hourly) 3%
Speech-Language Pathologists $74,680 21%
Interpreters $46,120 (for Interpreters and Translators) 29% (for Interpreters and Translators)
School and Career Counselors $54,650 8%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Jobs for Auditory Learners

Judges and Hearing Officers

Judges and hearing officers usually start out by earning a law degree and law license, and then gain experience working as a lawyer. As a judge or hearing officer, they oversee trials and court hearings, and are responsible for ensuring that laws and proper procedures are followed. They must listen to a lot of information and make quick decisions based on that data, which is why auditory learners are a good fit for this career. Since they favor processing audio content, they will find this is a career that emphasizes their ability to process auditory information regularly.

Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers

Postsecondary foreign language and literature teachers teach college and university students foreign languages. Auditory learners are a good fit for this type of career, because it's important that they be able to process what they're hearing students say and respond to correct their pronunciation as needed so that they master the foreign language. Listening to students is crucial when they are learning a different language. These educational professionals usually must have a doctoral degree in the language they teach, although some may find entry-level jobs with a master's degree.

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians can hone their skills with audio visual equipment by completing postsecondary studies; broadcast technicians are required to have an associate's degree, while sound engineering technicians may be able to enter the field with a certificate. They work with sound equipment that amplifies audio content, and auditory learners will have the skills needed to appropriately adjust the sound levels. The work broadcast and sound engineering technicians do to record, replicate or manipulate auditory content relies heavily on the ability to interpret sound and correctly adjust the equipment to produce the desired sound.

Musicians and Singers

Musicians and singers use their musical talents or vocal skills to perform. They need to understand the importance of staying on key and they also need to understand how to set optimal volume levels for their performances. Auditory learners can use their talents in this field to identify notes that are off-pitch, specific sounds that may be detracting from the atmosphere, and sounds that should be amplified or expanded in the music. Formal training isn't required for most musical careers, although some performers, such as opera singers, may need a bachelor's degree.

Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-language pathologists use their auditory talents to help diagnose patients who may have difficulties producing specific sounds verbally. They typically work with individuals who have speech delays or are relearning how to speak due to a medical issue, such as a stroke. Since they need to be able to isolate and identify parts of speech that are causing the patient difficulty, they need strong listening skills, so auditory learners may be a natural fit for this type of career. With a master's degree in their field and license, speech-language pathologists are ready to begin diagnosing and treating patients.

Interpreters

Interpreters focus on converting verbal content; they must be fluent in two languages and usually need a bachelor's degree to work as an interpreter. An interpreter who speaks Korean, for example, may listen to someone speak in Korean and then repeat that same information for an English-speaking audience; they may also listen to someone speak in English and then repeat the information in Korean. Their objective is to accurately convey the information in a different language while maintaining the tone of the original content. Auditory learners will find this is a career that relies heavily on their listening skills and working with information they hear.

School and Career Counselors

School and career counselors need a master's degree, and may also be required to have a license. School counselors help students develop academic plans and help them select courses related to those goals; career counselors may help individuals determine a suitable career goal and determine what training they need. These counselors need to have good listening skills and must consider a lot of information that is shared with them verbally. Then they can use that information to help impart their recommendations and conclusions about the needs and interests of the individuals they're working with.

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