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Your mother was right: The 10 best-paying jobs in the US are all in medicine

By Oliver Staley

If your parents told you to go to medical school, you should have listened: The 10 best-paying jobs in the US are all doctors or dentists.

That’s according to a new report from US News, which analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics data to compile a list of the top paying professions:

RankingJob NameMean Salary
1Anesthesiologist$258,100
2Surgeon$247,520
3Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon$233,900
4Obstetrician and Gynecologist$222,400
5Orthodontist$221,390
6Physician$196,520
7Psychiatrist$193,680
8Pediatrician$183,180
9Dentist$172,350
10Prosthodontist$161,020
11Nurse Anesthetist$160,250
12Petroleum engineers$149,590
13IT Manager$141,000
14Marketing Manager$140,660
15Lawyer$136,260
16Podiatrist$136,180
17Financial Manager$134,330
18Sales Manager$130,400
19Business Operations Manager$119,460
20Pharmacist$119,270
21Financial Advisor$118,050
22Optometrist$115,750
23Mathematician$112,560
24Actuary$110,560
25Medical and Health Services Manager$106,070

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Since US News relies on the 840 of the BLS’ occupation categories, some of the most lucrative professions—major league left-handed pitcher, for example, or private equity CEO—are too specific to be included.

US News used the pay data to compile a list of the best jobs in 12 industries, factoring in pay, growth prospects, work-life balance and stress levels. The result is a master list of the 100 best overall jobs. More than half are in healthcare, for the simple reasons that they pay well and they’re not going to be shipped overseas or be replaced by robots. Not yet, anyway.

Here are their top 10:

Top 10 Jobs
1. Dentist
2. Nurse Practitioner
3. Physician Assistant
4. Statistician
5. Orthodontist
6. Nurse Anesthetist
7. Pediatrician
8. Computer Systems Analyst
9 (tie). Obstetrician and Gynecologist
9 (tie). Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Again, mostly healthcare. Sneaking on the list are statisticians and computer systems analysts, reflecting US News’s confidence that the ability to analyze big data, and design technology to use it, will remain in demand in 2017.