The growing healthcare sector continues to offer career paths that lead to generous compensation and a secure future. And for the second year in a row, jobs in the healthcare field dominated U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the 100 Best Jobs of 2016, occupying six of the top 10 spots.
The publication says the survey used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify jobs with the greatest hiring demand. Jobs were then scored using seven component measures including 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance.
The top-five jobs in the healthcare field for 2016:
- Nurse Anesthetist — No. 4 on the overall list — median salary of $153,780, but in some metropolitan areas – such as Cape Coral, Florida; San Antonio; and Las Vegas – nurse anesthetists made close to $100,000 more than the median salary. The profession is poised to grow by about 19 percent by the year 2024.
- Physician Assistant — No. 5 on the overall list — predicted to grow by 30 percent in the next eight years, with a median salary of $95, 820. They were compensated the best in the metropolitan areas of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Longview, Texas; and South Bend, Indiana. The sectors that tend to pay their physician assistants very well include consulting services and home health care services.
- Nurse Practitioner — No. 6 on the overall list — with a growth rate that is five times the national average for other occupations, it’s safe to say that job security is very strong. A median salary of $95,350 and a potential 45,000 new positions. The highest-paid 10 percent earned $131,050 and the lowest-paid 10 percent earned $68,830. For the best salary potential, you should head to the metropolitan areas of Columbus, Indiana; San Jose, California; and Vallejo, California.
- Pediatrician — No. 8 on the overall list — with a median salary of $163,250 and a projected growth of 10 percent between now and 2024. According to the BLS, the best-paying metro areas for pediatricians are Salt Lake City, Utah; Jacksonville, Florida; and Jonesboro, Arkansas. Self-employed pediatricians, particularly those in office-based group practices, earn the highest salaries.
- Anesthesiologist — No. 9 on the overall list — ranked the no. 1 best-paying overall job, with a median salary of $187, 199. The profession is expected to grow by 21 percent through 2024, with 7,100 new jobs. The highest-paid anesthesiologists work in Detroit, Michigan; Wichita, Kansas; Worcester, Massachusetts; Richmond, Virginia and Dallas, Texas.
To read more about the rankings and to learn more about how they were calculated you can read the full report here. Contact ICON today to learn more about opportunities we have in these fields and check out what our medical providers that are currently working with us are saying about being an ICON.