U.S News Releases Top Careers List: When It Comes to Dental Careers, the Future is “Open Wide”

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of best jobs, and once again, dentistry is near the top, and other healthcare-related careers also rank highly.

On the overall 100 top jobs list, several health careers made the top 10. Dentistry came in as No. 2, physician assistant was No. 3, orthodontist was No. 5 and oral and maxillofacial surgeon was No. 8. Prosthodontist was No. 16, dental hygienist was No. 17 and dental assistant was No. 98.

"Health care 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. "Health care goes beyond doctors and nursing professions — there is high demand for people to fill positions available in health care 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."

U.S. News uses U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' data to identify jobs with the greatest hiring demand, and then scores them based on a set of criteria that they say includes "10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance."

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University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry offers a wide range of academic programs in oral healthcare, including DDS, dental hygiene, orthodontics, oral surgery and various residency programs. Pacific also offers a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree held on Pacific's Sacramento Campus and administered by the Dugoni School.