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

The highest paid professions are doctors and dentists
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  • Oliver Staley
By Oliver Staley

Business & culture editor

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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:

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

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.

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