Best Job in 2021? Physician Assistant

Close to half of the nation’s top 100 jobs for 2021 are in healthcare. This is the finding of the U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best Jobs list. To determine the list of best jobs, they use the following criteriasalaries, employment rates, job openings, growth, stress, and work-life balance. With the global pandemic highlighting the value of healthcare professionals in today’s world, it is worth noting that many of these important healthcare jobs are considered top jobs. 

This year, physician assistant is ranked the number one best job by U.S. News and World ReportPhysician assistants (PAs) diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medication, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. They usually hold master’s degrees and typically work alongside a licensed physician or surgeon. The field is expected to continue growing with more PA jobs being created all the time 

Other top health care jobs as ranked by U.S. News include nurse practitioner (#3), medical and health services manager (#4) and physician (#5). 

Listed below are the top 20 jobs on U.S. News’ list of the best jobs for 2021:  

  1. Physician assistant
  2.  Software developer 
  3. Nurse practitioner
  4. Medical and health services manager
  5. Physician
  6. Statistician
  7. Speech-language pathologist
  8. Data scientist
  9. Dentist
  10. Veterinarian
  11. Orthodontist
  12. IT manager
  13. Physical therapist assistant
  14. Anesthesiologist
  15. Information security analyst
  16. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor
  17. Financial manager
  18. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
  19. Occupational therapist
  20. Marriage and family therapist  

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