U.S. News and World Report published its list of “100 Best Jobs of 2015,” and dentist tops the list. Nurse practitioner claimed the No. 2 spot, while physician and physician assistant also cracked the top 10, occupying spots 7 and 10 respectively.
According to the U.S. News website, professions are ranked based on seven component measures. For each measure, jobs receive a score between 0 and 10. The following are the component measures and their weights in computing the overall score:
- 10-Year Growth Volume (10 percent)
- 10-Year Growth Percentage (10 percent)
- Median Salary (30 percent)
- Job Prospects (20 percent)
- Employment Rate (20 percent)
- Stress Level (5 percent)
- Work-Life Balance (5 percent)
The key components that vaulted dentist to the top position were the profession’s comfortable salary, low unemployment rate, and agreeable work-life balance. U.S. News also cited increases in the demand for cosmetic dental procedures as a driver for job growth.
Competitive compensation, low unemployment, and a dramatic growth in employment opportunities — largely fueled by the physician shortage — were the main components that led to NPs and physicians, and physician assistants making the top 10.
As a company that specializes in staffing dentists, nurse practitioners, physicians, and physician assistants, Barton Associates sees first-hand the increasing demand for dentists, nurse practitioners, physicians, and physician assistants at healthcare organizations, practices, and companies nationwide.
Now is a great time for these healthcare providers to take advantage of this increasing demand with locum tenens positions. Locum tenens is a great way for healthcare providers to supplement their income while maintaining a current position. It can also be a great career change for providers that are looking to escape the office politics, administrative tasks, and increasing costs associated with a traditional medical career.