The 5 best healthcare jobs for 2016

Nurse anesthetists rise as nurse practitioners, physicians fall
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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, occupying six of the top 10 slots.

The publication ranks its best jobs based on a combination of salary, work-life balance, stress levels and room for advancement. Its top five jobs in the healthcare field for 2016 are:

  1. Nurse anesthetist (#4 on the overall list) for predicted growth of 19 percent by 2023, a median salary of $153,780 and even higher median paychecks in some metropolitan areas, such as San Antonio and Las Vegas.
  2. Physician assistant (#5 on the overall list), predicted to grow by 30 percent in the next eight years, with a median salary of $95,820, although some make as much as $114,000, the publication noted.
  3. Nurse practitioner (NP) (#6 on the overall list), with a median salary of $95,350 and a predicted spike in demand in the near future due to primary care provider shortages. This projected demand has led to an increased push to remove scope-of-practice restrictions for the NP field, FierceHealthcare previously reported.
  4. Pediatrician (#8 on the overall list), with a median salary of $163,350 and projected growth of 10 percent between now and 2024.
  5. Anesthesiologist (#9 on the overall list), which is projected to grow by 21 percent by 2024 and is also ranked the #1 best-paying overall job, with a median salary of $187,199.

The rankings feature numerous shakeups compared to last year's list, in which NPs ranked as the top healthcare job and the #2 job overall, whereas physicians, the healthcare runner-up and #4 job overall, fell out of the healthcare top five entirely, coming in at #10 for healthcare and #19 overall.

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