Dentist ranked as No. 3 best job in the U.S. in 2014

According to U.S. News & World Report, dentist is the nation’s third best job of 2014.

U.S. News ranked the “100 Best Jobs of 2014” based on employment opportunity, salary, work-life balance and job security. Dentist ranked just below software developer and computer systems analyst, and just above nurse practitioner and pharmacist.

Dentist also ranked No. 1 overall on the “Best Health Care Jobs” list.

To identify the professions on the list, U.S. News used “data on jobs with the greatest hiring demand, or in other words, the highest projected number of openings from 2012 to 2022, as categorized by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

U.S. News said dentistry “is expected to add 23,300 new jobs up to the year 2022." The overall score is calculated based on these aspects: “10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance. For each measure, jobs receive a score between 0 and 10.”

Dentist received a score of 8.2.

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