Dentist- The Highest Rated Job in the US in 2017

Dentist- The Highest Rated Job in the US in 2017

Washington, D.C., U.S.A.- US News & World Report releases a list of the top 100 jobs in America every year. This year, they state that the profession of dentist is the best in 2017, with regard to growth potential, work–life balance and salary. Overall, health care jobs dominated the rankings.

The analysts found that, among the 100 best jobs, 52 were in a health-related field, including seven professions in dentistry. Overall, dentist ranked as the best job, followed by nurse practitioner and physician assistant.

By 2024, the employment growth in the profession of dentist is estimated at 18 percent, amounting to about 23,300 new jobs. On average, dentists earned $152,700 in 2015, with the highest earnings over $187,200 and the lowest earning less than $68,310.

The profession of orthodontist is now ranked the fifth best job in the U.S, after topping the list of best jobs last year. Driven by increasing demand for specialized dental care, employment in the profession will grow by a forecast 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, translating to about 1,500 new job openings. The median salary of an orthodontist was $187,200 in 2015.

The profession of oral and maxillofacial surgeon is ranked seventh best job, with a median salary of $187,200 in 2015 and a predicted employment growth rate of 18 percent, or 1,200 new jobs, from 2014 to 2024. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon ranked third in the list of best-paying jobs in 2015, however.

The increasing demand for dental restorative work as a result of the growing aging population in the U.S. is expected to drive growth in the dental industry in general and particularly in the profession of prosthodontist. Therefore, prosthodontist was rated the 21st best job of 2017. On average, these dental professionals earned $119,740 in 2015 and employment in the profession is expected to see growth of 18 percent too, translating to 100 new jobs.

Owing to a faster average growth rate than most professions, the market for dental hygienists is booming, mainly as a result of the growing oral health awareness among consumers. The occupation was ranked the 32nd best job and employment is expected to grow by 19 percent by 2024, with about 37,400 new job openings. The average dental hygienist in the U.S. earned $72,330 in 2015.

The profession of dental assistant was ranked 100 in the list of best jobs. It is expected that more than 58,000 new jobs will open for dental assistants by 2024, translating to employment growth of 18 percent. The median salary of a dental assistant was $35,980 in 2015.

U.S. News & World Report compiled the list, taking into account the ten-year growth volume and percentage with the projected number of openings from 2014 to 2024, the median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work–life balance of various professions across 15 industries and businesses in the country. Data for the analysis was obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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