56 best jobs in healthcare, per US News

U.S. News and World Report on Jan. 10 released its best jobs ranking for 2023. Of the 190 jobs on the list, 56 were healthcare or healthcare support-related. 

For its analysis, U.S. News staff identified jobs with the largest number and percentage of projected openings from 2021 to 2031, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Then, each career was assigned a weighted average score out of 10 based on the following component factors: median salary, unemployment rate, 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance. 

Although healthcare careers can be associated with high stress, they are in high demand, which allowed them to dominate the rankings. 

"We know that the healthcare and social services industry is the second-fastest growing industry as far as future job prospects over the next 10 years," Janica Ingram, U.S. News' careers editor, told Becker's. "These jobs are continuing to be in demand. There's going to be job growth there. And that's definitely something that people are interested in, especially looking in 2023 — the U.S. may go into a recession." 

Here are the 56 healthcare-related jobs listed on U.S. News' ranking, along with the rank they received among professions across all industries. 

2. Nurse practitioner

3. Medical and health services manager 

4. Physician assistant 

6. Physical therapist 

10. Dentist 

13. Physician 

14. Orthodontist

17. Registered nurse 

19. Occupational therapy assistant 

24. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon 

25. Nurse anesthetist 

26. Epidemiologist/medical scientist 

31. Speech language pathologist

32. Psychiatrist 

33. Optometrist 

34. Pediatrician

35. Dental hygienist 

36. Respiratory therapist 

38. Physical therapist assistant 

41 (tie). Anesthesiologist 

41 (tie). Obstetrician and Gynecologist

46. Chiropractor 

48. Medical records technician 

64. Diagnostic medical sonographer 

65 (tie). Personal care aide 

65 (tie). Home health aide 

67. Prosthodontist 

70. Orthotist and Prosthetist 

72. Occupational Therapist 

76. Dietitian and Nutritionist 

77. Medical Assistant 

78. Cardiovascular technologist 

79. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse

81. Massage therapist 

82. Hearing aid specialist 

83. Genetic counselor 

86. Clinical laboratory technician 

89. Pharmacist 

90. Audiologist 

92. Pharmacy technician 

104. Ophthalmic medical technician 

106. Surgeon 

109. Podiatrist 

114. Phlebotomist 

118. Medical equipment repairer 

119. Dental assistant 

123. Health educator 

124. Paramedic 

131. Radiation therapist 

132. Radiologic technologist 

138. Nursing aide 

141. Physical therapist aide 

143. Surgical technologist 

152. Nuclear medicine technologist 

157. Optician 

165. Occupational therapy aide 

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