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The Best Jobs for 2018 and Beyond


While statistics of a low unemployment rate and growing economy flood the news, you may be wondering what the best jobs are for 2018. Knowing the job market and its trends provides job seekers with vital information such as a job’s education requirements or the median salary and job satisfaction for a particular industry. U.S. News recently unveiled its U.S. News & World Report Best Jobs of 2018 and here are the top 10 jobs followed by the biggest takeaways:

U.S. News Top 10 Jobs of 2018

  1. Software Developer
  2. Dentist
  3. Physicians Assistant
  4. Nurse Practitioner
  5. Orthodontist
  6. Statistician
  7. Pediatrician
  8. Obstetrician and Gynecologist (tie)
  9. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (tie)
  10. Physician (tie)

How U.S. News Comes Up With Its Rankings

U.S. News uses an extensive process to rank jobs. While careers are subjective, some career qualities are pretty universal. Some prefer teaching while others prefer the pressures associated with performing surgery. However, the qualities that are pretty universal are that people generally prefer higher salaries and opportunities for promotion.

To quantify its data, U.S. News first draws data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on the jobs with the largest projected hiring demand. U.S. News then scores the jobs based on seven measures: 10-year growth volume; 10-year growth percentage; median salary; employment rate; future job prospects; stress level; and work-life balance. For each measure, jobs receive a score between 0 and 10.

Strong Employment Numbers

Overall employment is expected to grow 0.7% annually between 2016 and 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In comparison, the 10 years prior only saw a labor growth rate of 0.5% annually, mainly due to the depressed hiring from the Great Recession.

The careers expected to add the most jobs by 2026 are food preparation and serving workers, registered nurses, personal care aids, home health aides, and software developers. The overall unemployment rate dropped nearly half a percentage point over the course of 2017, reaching 4.1% as of November

Healthcare Still Dominates
 
While this is the first time since 2015 that a healthcare job did not top the list, that does not mean healthcare jobs are on the decline. Healthcare jobs still account for 20 of the top 25 careers on this year’s list. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the healthcare field is expected to grow 18% by 2026. That translates into 2.3 million new jobs, which is more than any other industry.
 
The increased demand is a result of the country’s aging baby boomer population as well as corporate mergers and technological advancements which are disturbing the typical healthcare delivery model.
 
“Healthcare jobs are prominent on our list year after year and are predicted to continue growing rapidly within the job market by 2026,” said Rebecca Koenig, careers reporter at U.S. News.
 
 
“Healthcare goes beyond doctors and nursing professions – there is high demand for people to fill positions available in healthcare technology, at hospitals and elsewhere within the industry that tap into a variety of the categories we rank and that offer a low unemployment rate, a high median salary and robust job growth.”
 
Technology Is On The Rise
 
Technology plays such a large role in our everyday life and reaches across all industries. Further down the list Information Security Analysts came in at 32, IT Managers came in at 42, and Computer Systems Analysts came in at 46.
 
“Technology is the backbone of many of our jobs across the board this year,” said Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News. “Nearly every type of company is looking for people who can analyze and interpret data to solve problems. This technological boom is creating new opportunities for statisticians, engineers and software developers – these workers are developing the algorithms that are rapidly changing the global job market.”
 
With such a fluid economy, it will be interesting to see how these predictions will pan out. As for now, use this information to help shape your career path.
 
Content courtesy of Bankable Forbe

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