Dentist named second best profession, No. 1 health care job of 2018

Health care professions dominate the Best Jobs of 2018 list published Jan. 10 by U.S. News & World Report.  

Dentist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner and orthodontist take the top spots following this year’s highest-ranked profession — software developer — with pediatrician, obstetrician and gynecologist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon and physician taking the seventh through 10th spots respectively after statistician.

“A comfortable salary, low unemployment rate and agreeable work-life balance boost dentist to a top position on our list of Best Jobs,” states the U.S. News article’s overview of the profession. Dentist is rated above average for flexibility and pay — within the 75th percentile in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — and average in upward mobility and stress level.

To produce its annual best-job rankings, U.S. News first looks at BLS data on projected job openings from 2016 to 2026, then assesses how well jobs meet a mix of employment concerns. Jobs receive scores in seven areas — from employment rate to 10-year growth volume to work-life balance to job prospects. Each job then receives an overall weighted score.

Read the dentist overview or see the complete list.

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Once again, U.S. News & World Report has ranked dentist the best job in the U.S. for offering a “comfortable salary, low unemployment rate and agreeable work-life balance.” The profession also held the top spot in the publication’s best job rankings for 2015 and the second spot in its 2016 rankings, behind orthodontist.