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Software developer is the best job, survey says

Career in high demand, with good pay, work-life balance

For several years over the past decade, a day spent examining and fixing teeth was considered to be the “best job” in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey.

This year, a job that requires tech savvy tops the list.

The best job in 2018 is that of a software developer, according to the annual ranking, which uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify jobs with the greatest hiring demand and the best work/life balance, salary and future prospects, among other factors.

The job of dentist, which has frequently topped the annual ranking over the past decade, was No. 2 this year, followed by physician assistant at No. 3 and nurse practitioner at No. 4.

Health care jobs, including nurse practitioners and physicians, usually dominate the list, but this year marks the first time since 2015 that a health care practitioner has not topped the list.

Orthodontist, which held the top spot last year, came in at No. 5.

Software developers, which on average make $100,080 are in “huge” demand and are expected to be in the future, said Rebecca Koenig, a careers reporter for U.S. News & World Report, who researched and contributed to the report.

“Our society is more and more dependent on digital technology for all aspects,” she said, “not just (large tech firms such as) Facebook and Google, but every other business needs software developers to make their applications.

Health care jobs — health care aides, medical transcriptionists, nurse practitioners — are expected to increase 18 percent by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, adding 2.3 million jobs.

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