The Best, Most-Satisfying And Highest-Paying Jobs For 2018


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Did you never answer the age-old question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Now you’re all grown up and you’re stuck in some crummy job? There’s plenty of time to turn it all around and for you to get a great job that will compensate you with an outstanding salary as well as provide a fulfilling workplace. If you’re willing to put in some effort, you can earn a job that will be rewarding on multiple levels that you can work until you retire. U.S. News & World Report released their 2018 Best Jobs lists including the “100 Best Jobs” and “Best Paying Jobs.”

To determine what are the best jobs for 2018, U.S. News & World Report utilized seven factors including median salary, employment rate, 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, future job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. Healthcare dominated the list, but software developer topped the list, the second time the tech job topped the list (2014).

The list used data gathered from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and for each measure, jobs received a score between 0 and 10. Here are the top 10 jobs of 2018, but you can see the entire 100 Best Jobs list over at U.S. News & World Report.

1. Software Developer
253,400 Projected Jobs – $100,080 Median Salary – 1.6% Unemployment Rate

2. Dentist
23,200 Projected Jobs – $153,900 Median Salary – 0.4% Unemployment Rate

3. Physician Assistant
39,700 Projected Jobs – $101,480 Median Salary – 0.7% Unemployment Rate

4. Nurse Practitioner
56,000 Projected Jobs – $100,910 Median Salary – 0.7% Unemployment Rate

5. Orthodontist
1,100 Projected Jobs – $208,000 Median Salary – 0.4% Unemployment Rate

6. Statistician
12,400 Projected Jobs – $80,500 Median Salary – 1.4% Unemployment Rate

7. Pediatrician
5,300 Projected Jobs – $168,990 Median Salary – 0.5% Unemployment Rate

8. Obstetrician and Gynecologist
3,900 Projected Jobs – $208,000 Median Salary – 0.5% Unemployment Rate

9. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
1,200 Projected Jobs – $208,000 Median Salary – 0.5% Unemployment Rate

10. Physician
8,400 Projected Jobs – $196,380 Median Salary – 0.5% Unemployment Rate

U.S. News & World Report also assembled a list of the highest-paying jobs for 2018. Here are the top 10 best-paying jobs, but you can see the 25 highest-paying jobs HERE.

1. Anesthesiologist
Mean salary: $269,600

2. Surgeon
Mean salary: $252,910

3. Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Mean salary: $234,310

4. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Mean salary: $232,870

5. Orthodontist
Mean salary: $228,780

6. Phsyician
Mean salary: $201,840

7. Psychiatrist
Mean salary: $200,220

8. Pediatrician
Mean salary: $184,240

9. Dentist
Mean salary: $173,860

10. Prosthodontist
Mean salary: $168,140

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