What are the best jobs to have in 2018? U.S. News & World Report compiled a list of careers using a two-part process. First, jobs were selected from data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with those with the largest projected number of openings from 2016 to 2026 picked for the list. The magazine ranked those jobs with a score based on median salary, employment rate, 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, future job level, stress level and work-life balance. Check out the Top 10 from their list on the best jobs for 2018 below, their median salary and field unemployment rate below:
8.) Practitioner (tie)
Industry: Health Care Median Salary: $196,380 Unemployment Rate: 0.5 percent Practitioners are doctors with broad skills, who provide general checkups as well as diagnose common conditions or injuries. According to U.S. News & World Report, the demand for practitioners is expected to grow by 16.9 percent by 2026, adding around 8,400 jobs.
8.) Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon (tie)
Industry: Health Care Median Salary: $208,000 Unemployment Rate: 0.5 percent Oral and maxillofacial surgeons deal with procedures such as extracting teeth, correcting jaw defects, oral cancers and performing surgeries on cleft lips or palates. According to the magazine, the demand for the field is expected to jump by 17.2 percent by 2026.
8.) Obstetrician and Gynecologist (tie)
Industry: Health Care Median Salary: $208,000 Unemployment Rate: 0.5 percent The demand for obstetricians and gynecologists, who specialize in helping to deliver babies and female reproductive care, is expected to increase to 17.9 percent by 2026, according to the magazine.
Industry: Health Care Median Salary: $168,990 Unemployment Rate: 0.5 percent Pediatricians care for babies, toddlers, children and teenagers as they grow, and also provide vaccinations along the way. According to the magazine, there will be a 17.8 percent demand for pediatricians by 2026, meaning around 5,300 new jobs.
Industry: Business Median Salary: $80,500 Unemployment Rate: 1.4 percent Statisticians use data to help make decisions about complex problems, using theories, models and software to try and predict outcomes. Demand is predicted to grow 33.4 percent in this field by 2026, adding around 12,400 jobs, per the magazine.
Industry: Health care Median Salary: $208,000 Unemployment Rate: 0.4 percent Orthodontists help straighten out teeth and correct other dental cosmetic issues. The profession is not only one of the highest-paying jobs in U.S. News & Report's list, it is also an in-demand field, with a projected 17.3 increase in demand for the service by 2026, according to the magazine.
4.) Nurse Practitioner
Industry: Health care Median Salary: $100,910 Unemployment Rate: 0.7 percent Advanced nurses can perform many of the same duties as doctors, including prescribing medicine, diagnosing patients and referring patients to specialists. According to the magazine, the demand for nurse practitioners is expected to jump 36 percent by 2026, adding around 56,000 jobs.
3.) Physician Assistant
Industry: Health care Median Salary: $101,480 Unemployment Rate: 0.7 percent Physician assistants work with doctors and nurses in family and emergency medicine, and the magazine projects the demand for the job will increase 37.4 percent by 2026, creating 39,700 new jobs.
Industry: Health care Median Salary: $153,900 Unemployment Rate: 0.4 percent Oral health care experts are ranked No. 2 on U.S. News & Report's list, with the magazine citing an expected 17.5 percent increase in demand by 2026, meaning around 23,200 new jobs.
1.) Software Developer
Industry: Technology Median Salary: $100,080 Unemployment Rate: 1.6 percent According to U.S. News & World Report, software developer takes the top spot as the best job overall. Developers create, maintain and fix applications and programs for both smartphones and computers. According to the magazine, there is expected to be a 30 percent increase in employment opportunities in this field by 2026, meaning an approximate addition of 253,400 jobs.