The 5 Best Jobs of 2020

Health care jobs dominate the list, but software developer earns the top spot.

The right job for you

Are your parents on your case to choose a career before you graduate? It can be daunting. With so many options, you might have a hard time deciding which to pick.

Fortunately, U.S. News did some of the research for you. We gathered data on nearly 200 jobs from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and conducted some of our own reporting to come up with the Best Jobs of 2020. In our methodology, we considered factors like median salary, anticipated job growth and your ability to maintain a good work-life balance. The highest median salary the BLS records is $208,000, so some of the following professions may offer median annual incomes higher than that amount.

Read on to see what jobs made the top 25. The list is heavy on science and math occupations, so if none of these piques your interest, check out our lists of the Best Creative and Media Jobs and the Best Social Services Jobs.

5. Genetic Counselor

Young couple on counseling appointment, talking about pregnancy with therapist

Industry: Health care support
Median Salary: $80,370
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%

If you’re concerned about your risk of inheriting certain genetic diseases, you might seek the services of a genetic counselor. These professionals look at your family history and identify what genetic tests might be appropriate. Then, they evaluate and discuss your results.

Genetic counselors may work with parents who are expecting children or the patients themselves.

Employment is expected to increase 27% by 2028, adding 800 jobs.

4. Dental Hygienist

Dental assistant flossing girls teeth

Industry: Health care support
Median Salary: $74,820
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%

If you’re not brushing enough, you’ll hear about it from your dental hygienist. These professionals use special instruments to scrape away the tartar and plaque from teeth, and show patients how to improve their brushing and flossing techniques.

Depending on the state, what setting they’re practicing in and what service they’re providing, dental hygienists may need to be supervised by a dentist.

Employment is expected to grow 11% by 2028, adding 23,700 jobs.

3. Web Developer

Young developers working in their start-up office.

Industry: Technology
Median Salary: $69,430
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%

To many, computer code may seem like a foreign language, but to a web developer, it provides the building blocks that create an attractive, easy-to-use website. Web developers are tasked with making sure the websites they design work well and serve the needs of the users.

They might collaborate with clients as well as graphic designers to build and improve upon news, gaming, e-commerce or other sites.

Employment is expected to grow 13% by 2028, adding 20,900 jobs.

2 Pediatrician

Doctor In Surgery Examining Baby Girl With Mother Smiling.

Industry: Health care
Median Salary: $170,560
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%

You might think pediatricians only see pint-sized patients, but in fact, these physicians treat children from infancy through early adulthood.

During regular checkups, pediatricians make sure their patients are reaching developmental milestones, diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, screen for mental health concerns, administer vaccines, and coordinate care with other specialists.

To be a pediatrician, you must attend medical school and then go through residency training. But providing star patients with a lollipop at the end of an office visit is entirely optional.

Employment is expected to grow 2% by 2028, adding 700 jobs.

1. Nurse Anesthetist

Industry: Health care

Female Asian Chinese woman nurse OR staff surgeon holding surgical anesthesia mask tube dressed in safety gown scrubs and performing operation in operating room medical facility hospital healthcare

Median Salary: $167,950
Unemployment Rate: n/a

Nurse anesthetists administer drugs that manage pain during a surgery or other medical procedure. But unlike anesthesiologists, who attend medical school, nurse anesthetists are nurses with advanced training.

Registered nurses must have at least one year of critical care experience before they can enter a nurse anesthetist program.

Employment is expected to increase 17% by 2028, adding 7,600 jobs.