Acoustical Society of America Profile of the Society Membership


Technical Areas

  • 13.5% Architectural Acoustics
  • 12.7% Speech Communication
  • 10.9% Psychological and Physiological Acoustics
  •  9.3%  Underwater Acoustics
  •  9.2%  Noise
  •  9.2%  Engineering Acoustics
  •  8.2%  Physical Acoustics
  •  6.5%  Signal Processing in Acoustics
  •  5.2%  Structural Acoustics and Vibration
  •  5.1%  Musical Acoustics
  •  4.1%  Animal Bioacoustics
  •  3.9%  Biomedical Ultrasound
  •  2.2%  Acoustical Oceanography

U. S. Members by State

  • 14.4% CA
  •   7.8% MA
  •   6.8% NY
  •   5.4% TX
  •   4.9% MD
  •   4.7% IL
  •   4.4% PA
  •   4.4% WA
  •   4.1% VA
  •   3.4% OH
  •   3.3% FL
  •   3.0% MI
  • 33.4% others

International Distribution of Members

  • 66.2 %  U. S.
  • 16.5 %  Europe
  •   8.6 %  Asia
  •   4.3 %  Canada and Mexico
  •   2.2 %  Australia & New Zealand
  •   1.2 %  South America/Latin America
  •   0.8 %  Mideast/Near East
  •   0.2 %  Africa

Age Distribution

  • Under 30 9.9 %
  • 30-39    17.4 %
  • 40-49    16.5 %
  • 50-59    20.2 %
  • 60-90    36.0 %
  • Based on 6344 Responses

Percentage of Men and Women Members

  • Female  17.2 %
  • Male      80.4 %
  • No response  2.4%

Highest Academic Degree

  • 56.1 %  PhD/DrSci/DrEng
  • 21.1 %  Masters
  • 15.4 %  Bachelors
  •   0.7 %  MD
  •   3.5 %  Other
  •   3.2 %  None
  • Based on 6657 Responses

Subject of Highest Degree

  • 21.5 %  Acoustics
  • 12.9 %  Physics
  • 12.6 %  Electrical Engineering
  • 10.8 %  Mechanical Engineering
  •   5.6 %  Other Engineering
  •   4.6 %  Speech
  •   4.5 %  Linguistics 
  •   4.2 %  Psychology
  •   3.7 %  Audiology
  •   2.6 %  Math/Computer
  •   2.2 %  Biology
  •   1.7 %  Architecture
  •   1.6 %  Music
  •   1.5 %  Oceanography
  •   1.3 %  Neuroscience
  •   1.2 %  Geophysics
  •   0.7 %  Physiology
  •   0.1 %  Education
  •   4.8 %  Other
  •   1.2 %  None
  • Based on 6620 Responses

Professional Identification

  • 34.3 %  Engineer
  • 19.6 %  Acoustician
  • 11.8 %  Engineer
  •   5.2 %  Speech Scientist
  •   4.4 %  Hearing Scientist
  •   3.4 %  Linguist
  •   2.8 %  Psychologist
  •   2.5 %  Audiologist
  •   1.6 %  Bioacoustician
  •   1.5 %  Computer Scientist
  •   1.1 %  Geophysicist
  •   1.0 %  Neurologist
  •   0.9 %  Musician
  •   0.8 %  Architect
  •   0.6 %  Physician
  •   0.3 %  Physiologist
  •   4.0 %  Other
  • Based on 5840 Responses

Employer Type

  • 38.5 %  College/University
  • 16.5 %  Self Employed Consultant
  • 15.5 %  Industry
  •   9.2 %  Govt./Govt. Funded
  •   7.5 %  Retired
  •   5.8 %  Student
  •   2.7 %  Contractor
  •   1.9 %  Not for Profit
  •   2.0 %  Other
  • Based on 6096 Responses

Main Work Activity

  • 24.7 %   Applied Research
  • 17.1 %   Basic Research
  • 15.5 %   Consultant
  • 12.7 %   Design/Dev./Eng.
  • 11.2 %   Teaching
  •   8.3 %   Student
  •   5.0 %   Retired
  •   1.8 %   Administrative
  •   0.9 %   Testing
  •   2.8 %   Other
  • Based on 6021 Responses