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Dentist #1 occupation

January 14, 2015

By Craig Palmer

"Dentist" is number one on U.S. News and World Report's list of best occupations of 2015 for offering "a comfortable salary, low unemployment rate and agreeable work-life balance." Dentists also top the publication's list of best health care occupations. "Dental hygienist" is number 5 on the top 100 list and number 4 on the health care list, which has "dental assistant" at number 67.

The report gained immediate media and professional attention. The ADA Morning Huddle, "Today's dental news exclusively for ADA members," led its 1/14 edition with "US News & World Report Names Dentistry Best Occupation Of 2015." Other online and print media reported on information from the best occupation reports posted at usnews.com.

"Today's students want it all. And dentistry really does deliver that. What other profession allows you to care for patients, make a good living, work as part of a team and have flexibility?" said Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, president and chief executive officer of the American Dental Education Association.

The U.S. News and World Report quoted Dr. Ada S. Cooper, an ADA consumer adviser, on the process of becoming a dentist and professional opportunities that "will find you – you won't need to hunt them down." It's also a good idea to get involved in local and state dental associations for networking purposes, the report said.