The best jobs of 2018 will mostly be health care professions, according to a recent ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
To create the ranking, U.S. News first identifies which jobs the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates will have the most openings over the next decade. Then, analysts give each job a score from one to 10 in seven different categories:
- Median salary;
- Employment rate;
- Projected 10-year growth (volume);
- Projected 10-year growth (percentage);
- Future job prospects;
- Stress level; and
- Work-life balance.
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Based on these criteria, U.S. News reports that the best jobs of 2018 will be:
1. Software developer
3. Physician assistant
4. Nurse practitioner
8. (tie) Obstetrician and gynecologist
8. (tie) Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
8. (tie) Physician
Health care professions dominate the list, as they have done for years, writes Rebecca Koenig, careers reporter at U.S. News. "Health care jobs are prominent on our list year after year and are predicted to continue growing rapidly within the job market by 2026," she says. The list also highlights the fact that the world of health care jobs includes far more than just doctors and nurses, she adds.
However, software developers edged out dentists (which have frequently topped the list in the past) to take the No. 1 spot. This will come as no surprise to readers who follow job rankings, as software developers have also appeared recently among the best jobs for millennials and most reliable middle-class jobs for the next decade (Koenig, U.S. News & World Report, 1/10; U.S. News & World Report methodology, 1/10; U.S. News & World Report release, 1/10; Shropshire, Chicago Tribune, 1/10).
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