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Dentist is best job of 2015

By Dental Tribune International
January 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, USA: Every year, U.S. News & World Report ranks the top 100 jobs. This year, the publisher announced that dentist and dental hygienist are again among the best jobs in the country, with dentist at No. 1. This high ranking is mainly attributable to a considerable predicted employment growth rate, a low unemployment rate and the agreeable work–life balance in the dental profession.

According to U.S. News & World Report, seven of the top ten jobs are in the health care sector, with dentist claiming the No. 1 spot, followed by nurse practitioner at No. 2, physician at No. 3 and dental hygienist at No. 5.

The jobs were ranked based on projected openings, rate of growth, job prospects, unemployment rate and job satisfaction. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an employment growth rate of nearly 16 percent between 2012 and 2022 for the dentist profession, with more than 23,000 new openings. The estimated unemployment rate is 0.9 percent.

Dentist is also among the 2015 top best-paying jobs, U.S. News & World Report stated, only preceded by physicians, who top the list with an average of $188,440 earned in 2013. Dentists earned a median salary of $146,340 in 2013. The best-paid earned more than $187,999, while the lowest-paid earned less than $72,240. Overall, dentists earned more than most other dental professionals. In 2013, dental assistants received an average salary of $35,640 and dental hygienists earned about $71,530.

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