U.S. News & World Report The 2017 Best Jobs

Published on April 28, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Jan. 11, 2017 – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled the 2017 Best Jobs. The new rankings offer a look at the year’s best jobs across 15 categories – from best-paying jobs to diverse sectors like business and technology – to help job seekers at every level achieve their career goals. The rankings take into account the most important aspects of a job, including growth potential, work-life balance and salary.

Health care jobs dominate the 2017 rankings, with 52 of the 100 Best Jobs in health-related fields. Dentist ranks as the Best Job overall, followed by nurse practitioner at No. 2 and physician assistant at No. 3. The majority of the Best-Paying Jobs are also in health care, with anesthesiologist topping the list, followed by surgeon at No. 2 and oral and maxillofacial surgeon at No. 3.

“Health care jobs often require a human element, so they can’t be exported or entirely replaced by robots – at least not yet,” said Susannah Snider, personal finance editor at U.S. News. “Continued growth in the health care sector, low unemployment rates and high salaries make these jobs especially desirable. Plus, individuals can pursue a range of health care positions that require varying levels of skill and education.”

Statistician (No. 4) and mathematician (No. 20) also make this year’s list of the Best Jobs, in large part due to the explosion of data and use of advanced analytics to solve problems across sectors.

“Almost every type of company is hiring people to collect, analyze and provide insights on data to improve their operations,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer. “These roles – along with technology positions – are going to be important to almost any business in the future.”

The 2017 Best Jobs rankings offer job seekers detailed information on training and education requirements, median salary and job satisfaction across diverse sectors, including social services, education, construction and creative and media. For individuals interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math, also known as the STEM fields, U.S. News also compiles the Best STEM Jobs.

To calculate Best Jobs, U.S. News draws data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify jobs with the greatest hiring demand. Jobs are then scored using seven component measures: 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance.

100 Best Jobs
1. Dentist
2. Nurse Practitioner
3. Physician Assistant
4. Statistician
5. Orthodontist

Best-Paying Jobs
1. Anesthesiologist
2. Surgeon
3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
4. Obstetrician and Gynecologist
5. Orthodontist

Best Health Care Jobs
1. Dentist
2. Nurse Practitioner
3. Physician Assistant
4. Orthodontist
5. Nurse Anesthetist

Best Business Jobs
1. Statistician
2. Mathematician
3. Financial Advisor
4. Actuary
5. Operations Research Analyst

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