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Health care jobs top U.S. News list for 2015

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Health care and technology jobs, both strong components of the Peoria-area market, top the Best Jobs of 2015 list release Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

The report showed that Dentist claimed the top spot, followed by Nurse Practitioner at No. 2 and Software Developer at No. 3. With an average salary of$188,440, Physician tops the new list of the Best Paying Jobs of 2015.

The U.S. News Best Jobs features rankings and information on more than 100 jobs in six sectors, including business, construction and social services, to help individuals identify occupations that suit their specific skill sets and interests – and also offer a good salary and opportunities for growth.

New in 2015, U.S. News ranked the Best Paying Jobs and Best STEM Jobs, which according to the U.S. News STEM Index will continue to exhibit strong growth in the new year.  

"Most Americans spend more than 40 hours a week working, so it's important to find a job that is the right fit," said Jada A. Graves, careers product manager for U.S. News. "Whether you are a recent college graduate starting your first job search or an experienced professional hoping to chart a new path or advance in your career, our list of the Best Jobs of 2015 offers key information on salary trends, work-life balance and technical skills and training required."

Job profiles also feature information on the hiring process, insight into the personality types that excel in the position, and an insider's look at the real work environment.

U.S. News used data comprised by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify jobs with the greatest hiring demand. Jobs were then scored using seven component measures: 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance. For further details on how the rankings were calculated, see the methodology.

Related editorial content also offers a look at "The 6 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance," "10 Part-Time Jobs to Help Pay the Bills," "The Best-Paid Jobs for Each State" and a breakdown of entry-level salary expectations in several industries.

U.S. News Best Jobs 2015 Rankings

See the full list of the Best Jobs online


100 Best Jobs

Best Paying Jobs

Best Health Care Jobs

1. Dentist

1. Physician

1. Dentist

2. Nurse Practitioner

2. Dentist

2. Nurse Practitioner

3. Software Developer

3. Marketing Manager

3. Physician

4. Physician

4. IT Manager

4. Dental Hygienist

5. Dental Hygienist

5. Lawyer

5. Physical Therapist


Best Business Jobs

Best Creative Jobs

Best STEM Jobs 

1. Market Research Analyst

1. Public Relations Specialist

1. Software Developer

2. Marketing Manager

2. Architect

2. Computer Systems Analyst

3. Accountant

3. Art Director

3. Information Security Analyst

4. Operations Research Analyst


4. Web Developer

5. Financial Advisor


5. Accountant

About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life.


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