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Where Does "Dentist" Fall in the Top 100 Jobs of 2014?

U.S. News & World Report is out with their list of 100 Best Jobs of 2014.  I was delighted to see that “Dentist” is No. 3 overall on this year’s list and the first of any healthcare profession! 

The article acknowledges that there is no perfect method for determining the best job and that any selection is personal.  Still however they have developed a method for scoring jobs using the following list of weighted components:

·  10-Year Growth Volume (10 percent)

·  10-Year Growth Percentage (10 percent)

·  Median Salary (30 percent)

·  Job Prospects (20 percent)

·  Employment Rate (20 percent)

·  Stress Level (5 percent)

·  Work-Life Balance (5 percent)


Dr. Seuss reminded us that “Teeth are always in style” and this reality was lifted by U.S. News in their celebration of the dentist’s profession.  Dentist received a score of 8.2 out of 10.  Here are the dental particulars: The profession is projected to add 23,300 new jobs between now and the year 2022.  Median salary according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics is $145, 240.  The unemployment rate is a scant 1.5%.  They claim there is average stress and average upward mobility but above average flexibility in schedule and work-life balance.  “A comfortable salary, low unemployment rate and agreeable work-life balance boost dentist to the No. 3 position on our list of Best Jobs of 2014.” 

On my website  I speak about the influence of three particular individuals on my selection of dentistry as the professional element of my life.  Dentistry certainly isn’t for everyone but the older I get the more I genuinely appreciate the blessings that my job has provided for me, my family and my community. 

I should also point out that Dental Hygienist, with a score of 7.7 out of 10, is No. 10 on this year’s list.  Elements highlight for the Dental Hygienist included a great deal of schedule flexibility, a median salary of $70,700 and an expectation of 33.3% employment growth between 2012 and 2022.   

OK, I’m sure you’re curious.  I can hear you wondering about the other top jobs within the survey.  Here is a listing of the top ten jobs of 2014:

#1: Software Developer, 8.4 out of 10,  #2: Computer Systems Analyst, 8.2 out of 10,  #3: Dentist, 8.2 out of 10,  #4: Nurse Practitioner, 8.1 out of 10,  #5: Pharmacist, 8.1 out of 10,  #6: Registered Nurse, 8.0 out of 10,  #7: Physical Therapist, 7.9 out of 10,  #8: Physician, 7.8 out of 10,  #9: Web Developer, 7.8 out of 10, and #10: Dental Hygienist, 7.7 out of 10.  

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