And for the second year in a row, dentist also ranked No. 1 overall on the “Best Health Care Jobs” list. U.S. News picked the “Top 100 Jobs” of the year based on predicted growth between 2012 and 2022 developed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top jobs, which included the business, creative, construction, health care, social services and technology professions, were then ranked by growth rate, salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance. U.S. News identified the following four reasons for choosing dentist as No. 1:

  • a low unemployment rate
  • a decent work-life balance
  • a good salary
  • and a predicted “employment growth of nearly 16 percent between 2012 and 2022, with more than 23,000 new openings.”

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