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.”