The Best Job in 2017 Is Being A Dentist

Who knew?

What is a good job? One that pays money, provides health insurance, and lets you have a few precious pockets of free time with which to tool around your home and make cookies and garden or whatever, maybe. If that sounds too vague and not concrete enough for you to plug into the job search website of your choice, consider this list of the 100 Best Jobs of 2017, as categorized by U.S. News.

The 100 Best Jobs of 2017

Here’s their criteria: “Good jobs are those that pay well, challenge us, are a good match for our talents and skills, aren’t too stressful, offer room to advance and provide a satisfying work-life balance.”

That doesn’t sound like a good job, it sounds like a literal dream — the very embodiment of what you think of when you have a job that you like enough to talk about with pleasure at cocktail parties and in line for the bathroom at the movies. Now that I have a list of the best jobs in the world, you’re thinking, let me go out into this world and get one!

According to their very precise methodology, the best job to have in 2017 is dentist. A dentist! Dentists have the best jobs! Everyone has teeth, you see, and those teeth require a specialist who is trained in assessing whatever’s happening in your mouth. Dentists are specially trained and as a result of that training, make the salary to match — $152,700 is the median U.S News is reporting. Babies are born every day and eventually, those babies will grow teeth. We will always need dentists.

The need for professionals to examine our teeth, fill and — gulp — refill our cavities isn’t fading. And because more people want cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening to attain pearly whites, the demand for dentists is growing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of 18 percent between 2014 and 2024, with 23,300 new openings. A comfortable salary, low unemployment rate and agreeable work-life balance boost dentist to a top position on our list of Best Jobs.

Here’s the top 10.

  1. Dentist
  2. Nurse practitioner
  3. Physician assistant
  4. Statistician
  5. Orthodontist
  6. Nurse anesthetist
  7. Pediatrician
  8. Computer systems analyst
  9. OB/GYN
  10. Oral surgeon

My mother was right (she’s always right.) I should’ve gone to med school.

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