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6. Audiologist

2012 pay: $67,137
2011 pay: $63,144
Change in pay: +6.3%

Audiologists diagnose and treat a patient’s hearing problems; most must have a doctoral degree to enter the practice, according to the BLS.

Once again, here is a health-care job that is in high demand due to the aging Baby Boomer population. But there’s an added factor that’s amping up demand – the population of audiologists themselves is aging.

“The need for expertise here is growing quickly,” Lee said. “It’s a profession that really hit its stride in the ‘60s and ‘70s when hearing aids became widespread. But now those people are retiring and there’s a need for younger people to get into that field.”

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