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29. Speech-Language Pathologist

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Speech-Language Pathologist
Median pay: $71,300
Top pay: $108,000
10-year job growth: 23.4%
Total jobs*: 123,200
What they do all day? Evaluating patients and guiding them through speech, muscle and breathing exercises are a big part of the workday for speech-language pathologists. They champion patients who may be regaining their ability to speak or coping with stuttering problems, delayed language issues or other speech impediments. The best part: The job is rewarding and it pays well. --J.A.

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Published: October 29, 2012
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2010-20, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
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