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Dentists have the best job in 2013

Dec. 26, 2012
U.S. News ranked dentistry as the best career in 2013; dental hygiene was also listed on the top 10.

December 26, 2012

U.S. News published their list of the 100 best jobs in America in 2013, and guess what made it to the top? Being a dentist.

Each profession’s score is calculated from several components: 10-year growth volume and percentage, salary, employment rates, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. Some things were weighted more heavily than others (median salary accounted for 30% of the score while the work-life balance accounted for 5%).

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Dentistry earned a score of 8.4, while being a registered nurse came in close second at 8.2. The top 10 careers were in the health care or IT fields – dental hygienists wrap up the top 10 list with a score of 7.7. Down the list at number 46, dental assistants score 6.4.

See the complete list of the 100 best jobshere. Is your job on the list?

Lauren Burns is the editor of Proofs magazine and the email newsletters RDH Graduate and Proofs. She is currently based out of New York City. Follow her on Twitter: @ellekeid.