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Software developer, dentist and other health care careers top U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Jobs list.

01/23/2014

NY Daily News, January 23, 2014. Job seekers looking for a career that offers steady employment, a good salary and long-term growth opportunities may want to start absorbing every bit - and byte- of knowledge they can about computers.

That, or learning how to wield a dental scaler.

According to U.S. News & World Report's comprehensive Best Jobs of 2014 report, careers in health care and information technology are your best bets when it comes to gainful employment.

In the annual study, released Thursday, jobs in the health care sector dominated this year's rankings with seven of the top 10 in that field.

Dentist was No.3, followed by nurse practitioner, pharmacist, registered nurse, physical therapist and physician ranked fourth through eightth.

Tech jobs, though, filled the top two slots — No. 1 overall is software developer, followed by computer systems analyst. Web developer ranked ninth.

It's the first time an information technology job took the top spot from one in health care, U.S. News said.

Software developer, in fact, jumped from No. 7 in the 2013 rankings thanks in large part to increasing demand as the use of mobile devices rises — job growth is expected to climb 23% by 2022.

"On our list, software developer is a blanket job name for professionals who could work building applications or those who create operating systems, and they're in high demand since companies want to expand and enhance their products, from cell phones to operating systems to mobile games," Jada Graves, U.S. News & World Report's senior editor, careers, told the Daily News.

"This is augmented by the fact that the unemployment rate for this type of work is really low and the pay is good."

The outlook for health care professionals is stronger than ever, according to U.S. News. Of the 100 jobs covered in the report, 38 were in the sector, which Graves said has more applicants than openings.

The report, available at money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings, also breaks down the rankings into specific categories.

Market research analyst is the No. 1 business job; school psychologist is the top social services job, and public relations specialist is the leading creative job.

To crack the Best 100, the jobs were rated on such criteria as 10-year growth potential, median salary, employment rate, stress level and work-life balance.

Which explains why a job like nail technician — the folks who give mani-pedis — made the list at No. 49.

While the median salary is low at just over $19,000, the growth outlook is pretty good at nearly 16% through 2022, U.S. News said.