Hello all. I frequented this forum often when I was considering going into optometry, and I am so excited to see a forum for audiology! I wanted to ask for some input. I think I am an audiologist at heart. I got my bachelor's degree 10 years ago, then got married and started having kids. I have always thought about going into audiology, but I was always a little too scared to. First, I worry about the job availability. I am NOT willing to relocate. I do live in the DFW area, so you would think there would be plenty of options. But, you never see or hear about jobs in this field. Also, I worry about job flexibility. I have a daughter now, and I don't want to do anything that is going to be too demanding and take too much time away from her. So, I decided to start taking leveling courses in speech pathology. I love the flexibility of the field, the chance to work at a school and have the same schedule as my daughter, and the fact that they are so needed that a job is almost guaranteed. But, as I sit here and read about analyzing utterances, I am thinking of audiology. I love science. I love technology. I enjoyed doing the practice audiograms in my intro to audiology class. I would love to know more about those ABRs. I think this is what I should be doing. But, there are 2 major things that make me wonder if I should do it: My family will have to sacrifice another 4 years of waiting around for me to finish school in this tiny house that we have already outgrown. Can I ask them to make that kind of a sacrifice? My husband says to do what I want, but I can't help but to feel a bad for doing that to them. Secondly, will I be giving up job flexibility? Will I be able to find a job in my area? Can I work part time and still do this program? Please help! I could use your input. Thanks!