5 Doctor Specialties Facing Shortages

OCTOBER 09, 2014
Jared Kaltwasser

Podiatrists
There were 10,700 podiatrists working in the US in 2010, according to BLS. That number is expected to grow by 23% by 2022. However, due to a relatively small number of projected new entrants, The Conference Board sees podiatry as facing the steepest labor shortage of any physician specialty by 2022.
 
The median income of a podiatrist was $116,440 per year in 2012, according to BLS.
 
 
Optometrists
BLS expects the number of available optometry jobs in the US to jump by 24% in the decade ending in 2022. After factoring in projected new entrants, The Conference Board put optometrists just behind podiatrists when it comes to projected labor shortfall.
 
Overall, there were 33,100 optometrists in the US in 2012, making a median income of $97,820 per year.


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