Careers in healthcare dominate 2017 job rankings

On Wednesday, U.S. News & World Report released its 2017 Best Jobs rankings. The report concluded that careers in the healthcare field continue to dominate, as 52 out of the 100 Best Jobs list were roles within the industry.

Analyzing benefits, advancement opportunities, pay and work-life balance across a number of categories, dentist was ranked as the No. 1 best job for 2017. The No. 2 and No. 3 spots went to nurse practitioner and physician assistant, respectively.

"Healthcare jobs often require a human element, so they can't be exported or entirely replaced by robots – at least not yet," said Susannah Snider, personal finance editor at U.S. News & World Report. "Continued growth in the healthcare sector, low unemployment rates and high salaries make these jobs especially desirable. Plus, individuals can pursue a range of healthcare positions that require varying levels of skill and education."

At No. 4, the first non-health-related position to make the list was statistician. Mathematician, software developer and computer systems analyst were other non-medical industry careers that made the top 20 spots. 

According to U.S. News & World Report, demand for these types of data-related jobs will continue to grow as more companies and organizations rely on advanced analytics. As Brian Kelly, editor and CCO of the news source said, moving forward nearly every organization will need to fill technology and data positions.

Dentists and doctors took the top 10 spots when it came to the Best-Paying Jobs ranking compiled by U.S. News & World Report, according to Quartz. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the report listed anesthesiologist as the highest-paying position with an annual mean salary of $258,100. 

The second and third highest-paid positions were surgeon and oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Healthcare careers ranked among the best and highest-paying on the Best Jobs 2017 report from U.S. News.