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Healthcare jobs dominate U.S. News list of Best Jobs of 2020

Jobs in the healthcare industry dominate the U.S. News listing of the Best Jobs of 2020, with 18 of the Top 25 jobs in the healthcare field.

On average, careers in healthcare fields command top salaries, guarantee low unemployment, and have a predicted healthy job growth through 2028.

The median salary of healthcare careers on the Top 25 list range from a high of $208,000—earned by orthodontists (#4), oral and maxillofacial surgeons (#9), and anesthesiologists, obstetrician and gynecologists, and surgeons (tied at #17)—to registered nurses (#13) at the low end earning a median annual salary of $71,730.

Overall, the unemployment rate for healthcare professionals is good, ranging from a low 2.1 percent for genetic counselors (#25) to an even lower 0.1 percent for optometrists (#16).

Job growth in the sector ranges from a high of 31 percent through 2028 for physician assistants (#3) to 1 percent for surgeons (#17).

Dentists top the list at #2 with a median salary of $151,850 and low unemployment (0.9 percent) and a predicted job growth of 8 percent over the next eight years.

The healthcare jobs to make the Top 25 for 2020 are:

  • #2 Dentist
  • #3 Physician assistant
  • #4 Orthodontist
  • #5 Nurse practitioner
  • #7 Physician
  • #8 Speech-language therapist
  • #9 Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
  • #10 Veterinarian
  • #13 Registered nurse
  • #15 Physical therapist
  • #16 Optometrist
  • #17 (tie) Anesthesiologist; obstetrician and gynecologist; and surgeon
  • #21 Nurse anesthetist
  • #22 Pediatrician
  • #24 Dental hygienist
  • #25 Genetic counselor