Healthcare and healthcare support jobs make up the largest share of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Jobs of 2016, including all but one of the top 10 published online Jan. 26.
Nursing is prominent on the list, with nurse anesthetist at No. 4, nurse practitioner at No. 6 and registered nurse at No. 22. Orthodontist ranks No. 1, followed by dentist, computer systems analyst, nurse anesthetist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, pediatrician and anesthesiologist, with obstetrician and gynecologist tied for No. 10 with oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
In a report written by Susannah Snider, careers editor at U.S. News, Patrick O’Keefe, director of economic research at CohnReznick and former deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Labor, said healthcare “is a sector that is expected to grow in the near term – and over the longer term.”
Criteria for the list included median salary, employment rate, 10-year growth projections by both volume and percentage, job prospects, stress level and work-life balance.
Among highlights for nurses on the list are:
No. 4. Nurse anesthetist: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the profession is poised to grow by about 19% by 2024, which translates into 7,400 new job openings. Nurse anesthetists made a median salary of $153,780 in 2014, but the U.S. News report said in some metropolitan areas – such as Cape Coral, Fla.; San Antonio; and Las Vegas – nurse anesthetists made close to $100,000 more than the median salary.
No. 6. Nurse practitioner: The BLS projected that by 2024, the field will grow by 35%, opening up 44,700 new positions. U.S. News reported that’s five times the national average for other occupations, a big positive for job security. In 2014, nurse practitioners made a median salary of $95,350.
No. 22. Registered nurse: In an email, Erin Whitehouse, an RN and Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, told U.S. News, “Nurses have a very holistic view of health and well-being, and I really appreciated that perspective. “[They] look at an entire person and their situation, not just what medical concern they have.”
The BLS expects the profession to grow 16% by 2024, opening 439,300 new jobs. The median salary for a registered nurse was $66,640 in 2014. The best-paid 10% of RNs made more than $98,880, while the bottom 10% earned less than $45,880.
No. 80. Nurse midwife: Ginger Breedlove, president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, told U.S. News in an email: “I’m always moved when I’ve finished an appointment and hear a woman say, ‘No one has ever spent this amount of time discussing issues – or cared enough to make sure I understood – or even waited for me to ask more questions.’”
The BLS reported the profession is growing at a rate of 25%, should translate into about 1,300 new jobs by 2024. Nurse-midwives made a median salary of $96,970 in 2014.
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