There's A Definite Trend Among 2017's Best Jobs

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U.S. News & World Report has released its list of 100 best jobs for 2017, and if you're considering a career in healthcare, we have some good news. An overwhelming number (52!) of the top 100 jobs are in health-related fields, including the job that snagged the top spot.

To compile its rankings, U.S. News looked at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as factors like work/life balance, median salary, and employment rate. The report also took into consideration long-term employment opportunities within each field, which is one reason why healthcare is so widely represented.

“Health care jobs often require a human element, so they can’t be exported or entirely replaced by robots — at least not yet,” explains Susannah Snider, a finance editor at U.S. News. Other fields that appear more than once are technology and business.

Ahead, we're counting down the top 10 to reveal the No. 1 best job for 2017. Get ready to dust off your MCAT study books.
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9. (Tie) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Median Salary: $187,200
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Projected Jobs: 1,200
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9. (Tie) Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Median Salary: $187,200
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Projected jobs: 4,300
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8. Computer Systems Analyst

Median Salary: $85,800
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Projected Jobs: 118,600
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7. Pediatrician

Median Salary: $170,300
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Projected Jobs: 3,600
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6. Nurse Anesthetist

Median Salary: $157,140
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Projected Jobs: 7,400
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5. Orthodontist

Median Salary: $187,200
Unemployment Rate: 0.1%
Projected Jobs: 1,500
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4. Statistician

Median Salary: $80,110
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Projected Jobs: 10,100
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3. Physician Assistant

Median Salary: $98,180
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Projected Jobs: 28,700
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2. Nurse Practitioner

Median Salary: $98,190
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Projected Jobs: 44,700
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1. Dentist

Median Salary: $152,700
Unemployment Rate: 0.1%
Projected Jobs: 23,300
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