Dentists rank No. 2 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Jobs report

Graphic of U.S. News & World Report's Best Jobs 2020 list


Washington — Dentists leaped up to No. 2 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the 100 Best Jobs, the magazine revealed on its website Jan. 7.

For the third year in a row, software developer topped the list as the Best Job overall.

Dentist – which topped the list in 2017 – moved up from the No. 4 position last year. Physician assistant came in at No. 3, followed by orthodontist at No. 4. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons rank No. 9, with health care occupations tallying 46 of the 100 Best Job spots, according to the magazine.

“Occupations in health care continue to show promise due to a combination of high salaries and low unemployment rates,” a magazine news release said.

"The world has evolved significantly over the last 10 years with how we use and depend on technology, “ said Whitney Blair Wyckoff, senior editor, advice products at U.S. News & World Report, in the release. “So for students who love math and science, we have good news. Our 2020 U.S. News Best Jobs rankings is packed with health care, business and technology occupations. Though you may need a lot of schooling before you get your first job, many of these roles come with high salaries."

U.S. News & World Report gathered data on nearly 200 jobs from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and conducted some of its own reporting to come up with the Best Jobs of 2020, according to its website. The magazine considered factors such as median salary, anticipated job growth and ability to maintain a good work-life balance.

The magazine cited the Bureau of Labor Statistics for projecting 7.6% employment growth for dentists between 2018 and 2028. In that period, an estimated 10,400 jobs should open up.

The magazine also revealed the Best-Paying Jobs, with oral and maxillofacial surgeons ranking No. 3. Anesthesiologists topped the list.

Dentists made a median salary of $151,850 in 2018, the report said. The best-paid 25% of dentists made $208,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25% made $107,440.

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