Dentist, Dental Hygienist Ranked Top Jobs of 2015: US News

Posted on January 13, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Jan. 13, 2015 – To help the millions of Americans who hope to change jobs or advance in their careers in the new year, U.S. News & World Report today released the Best Jobs of 2015. Health care and technology jobs dominate the Best Jobs rankings, with Dentist claiming the No. 1 spot, followed by Nurse Practitioner at No. 2 and Software Developer at No. 3. With an average salary of $188,440, Physician tops the new list of the Best Paying Jobs of 2015.

The U.S. News Best Jobs features rankings and information on more than 100 jobs in six sectors, including business, construction and social services, to help individuals identify occupations that suit their specific skill sets and interests – and also offer a good salary and opportunities for growth.

New in 2015, U.S. News ranked the Best Paying Jobs and Best STEM Jobs, which according to the U.S. News STEM Index will continue to exhibit strong growth in the new year.

"Most Americans spend more than 40 hours a week working, so it’s important to find a job that is the right fit," said Jada A. Graves, careers product manager for U.S. News. "Whether you are a recent college graduate starting your first job search or an experienced professional hoping to chart a new path or advance in your career, our list of the Best Jobs of 2015 offers key information on salary trends, work-life balance and technical skills and training required."

Job profiles also feature information on the hiring process, insight into the personality types that excel in the position, and an insider’s look at the real work environment.

U.S. News used data comprised by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify jobs with the greatest hiring demand. Jobs were then scored using seven component measures: 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance. For further details on how the rankings were calculated, see the methodology.

Related editorial content also offers a look at "The 6 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance," "10 Part-Time Jobs to Help Pay the Bills," "The Best-Paid Jobs for Each State" and a breakdown of entry-level salary expectations in several industries.

U.S. News Best Jobs 2015 Rankings

See the full list of the Best Jobs online.

100 Best Jobs

  1. Dentist

  2. Nurse Practitioner

  3. Software Developer

  4. Physician

  5. Dental Hygienist

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