US News Best Jobs for 2019 Include Many in Healthcare

Megan Brooks

January 25, 2019

Eight of the top 10 jobs for 2019 are in the medical field, and they include physician assistant, nurse practitioner, pediatrician, and dentist, according to US News & World Report.

"No single job suits all of us, but many of the best ones have a few attributes in common: They pay well, challenge us year after year, match our talents and skills, aren't too stressful, offer room to advance throughout our careers and provide a satisfying work-life balance. Whether the position is in demand is also a consideration, especially among job seekers," the magazine explains in the report.

US News used those qualities to rank the 100 best jobs of 2019.

Software developer and statistician hold the number 1 and 2 spots, respectively, just edging out physician assistant at number 3 and dentist at number 4. Nurse anesthetist and orthodontist are tied at number 5, followed by nurse practitioner (7) and pediatrician (8), while obstetrician/gynecologist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, physician, and prosthodontist are all tied at number 9.

Job

Median salary

Projected jobs (10-year growth volume)

1. Software developer

$101,790

255,400

2. Statistician

$84,060

12,600

3. Physician assistant

$104,860

39,600

4. Dentist

$151,440

25,700

5. Nurse anesthetist

$165,120

6800

5. Orthodontist

$208,000

1300

7. Nurse practitioner

$103,880

56,100

8. Pediatrician

$172,650

4600

9. Ob-Gyn

$208,000

3400

9. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon

$208,000

1300

9. Physician

$192,930

7300

9. Prosthodontist

$185,150

200

Other jobs in the healthcare field in the top 50 best jobs on the list include occupational therapist (number 13), anesthesiologist (14), surgeon (14), nurse midwife (16), registered nurse (19), physical therapist (20), clinical laboratory technician (21), podiatrist (22), speech-language pathologist (23), respiratory therapist (26), medical and health services manager (29), dental hygienist (30), physical therapist assistant (32), diagnostic medical sonographer (35), psychologist (39), school psychologist (45), orthotist and prosthetist (47), optometrist (49), and substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor (50).

The full report and methodology of the US News & World Report 100 Best Jobs of 2019 is available online.

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