The health care industry is booming. Employment in the field is expected to grow 18 percent by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That would add 2.3 million new jobs – more than in any other industry.
Anesthesia physicians rank #1 in Best Paying Jobs by U.S. News. But while high-paying jobs are at the top of many people’s lists when searching for a new position or career, jobs that pay well are not important to all as there are other factors that hold a lot of value.
For U.S. News’ 2018 Best Jobs list, they analyze data about salary, unemployment rate and stress to make the top selections for the year.
Selecting the Jobs
To identify professions for the 2018 rankings, U.S. News started with data on jobs with the largest projected number of openings from 2016 to 2026, as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Ranking the Jobs
U.S. News ranks jobs in an overall list and in 12 mutually exclusive occupational industry lists including Best Health Care Jobs and Best Health Care Support Jobs.
The overall score is calculated from seven component measures:
- Median salary. Why is it important? Most people prefer higher salaries.
- Employment rate. Why is it important? Low unemployment rates indicate it’s easier to get a job in that field.
- 10-year growth volume. Why is it important? An occupation with significant job growth is likely to have many new job opportunities in the future.
- 10-year growth percentage. Why is it important? The 10-year growth percentage measures how rapidly an occupation is expanding. A high growth rate indicates increased demand for this type of worker.
- Future job prospects. Why is it important? If you’re looking for a career whose demand is predicted to increase over the next 10 years, pursue one with a higher job prospect rating.
- Stress level. Why is it important? The level of stress a worker feels in his or her job can lower quality of life, worsen health and damage professional self-esteem.
- Work-life balance. Why is it important? Striking a comfortable balance between career, ambition, health, family and leisure activities can improve job performance and quality of life.
All of these components may vary significantly among individuals and with specific job circumstances. With a little self-study, rank these yourself to see what job factors are at the top of your career list to help you achieve your desired lifestyle. A position as an anesthesia physician at an anesthesia medical group in northern California may be perfect fit.
How U.S. News Ranks the Best Jobs, usnews.com