The 20 best jobs in healthcare
Flickr / COD NewsroomThe healthcare industry is on the rise, adding positions at a much quicker clip than the average job market and compensating employees with competitive salaries, thanks in part to increased demand from an aging Baby Boomer community.
U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2016 Best Jobs rankings and positions in healthcare dominated the list, earning nine of the top 10 spots. U.S. News determined the best occupations in the country by comparing median salary, employment rate, growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. (You can read more about the methodology here.)
The site further broke down the rankings by industry, revealing the top positions in healthcare that offer good job prospects, elevated compensation, room for advancement, and opportunities to develop work-life balance. Orthodontist topped the rankings — it earned the No. 1 spot overall as well — followed by dentist and nurse anesthetist.
Read on to learn more about the 20 best jobs in healthcare, with annual average salary data included from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Average salary: $142,830
Projected growth (2014 - 2024): 18%
Different from an orthodontist, prosthodontists are dental specialists who build oral prostheses that replace missing teeth. These replacements can help patients in a number of ways, from improving appearances to restoring the ability to speak and eat.
19. Speech-language pathologist
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Average salary: $74,900
Projected growth (2014 - 2024): N/A
For many Americans, the seemingly simple acts of speaking and chewing require immense effort. Speech-language pathologists work with these individuals — who often suffer from brain injuries, dyslexia, or hearing loss — to treat and improve speech, sound, language, and swallowing disorders.
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Mean annual salary: $76,790
Projected growth (2014 - 2024): 29%
From fitting hearing aids to treating vertigo to assessing balance issues, audiologists are experts on hearing disorders. They work to prevent and treat hearing loss and related issues, as as well as work with patients and their families as they adapt to life with impaired hearing.
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