Health Care Ranks High, and Often, on ‘Best Jobs’ List

Jan 30, 2014, 9:00 AM

Nearly 40 percent of the country’s 100 most promising employment opportunities are in health care, according to the Best Jobs of 2014 list recently published by U.S. News & World Report.

Although the health care sector dominates the list, it did lose the No. 1 spot (to technology) for the first time since U.S. News launched the annual rankings in 2012. The top 10 jobs include dentist (at No. 3), nurse practitioner (4), pharmacist (5), registered nurse (6), physical therapist (7), physician (8), and dental hygienist (10).

Other health care jobs on the list include occupational therapist, phlebotomist, physical therapy assistant, diagnostic medical sonographer, respiratory therapist, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse, optician, home health aide, and paramedic.

U.S. News describes its methodology as starting with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data on jobs with the highest projected number of openings from 2012 to 2022. The publication also looks at factors such as advancement opportunity, salary, work-life balance, and job security.

See the 38 health care jobs that made the list, or see all 100 of the Best Jobs of 2014.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.