NurseRegistered nurses earn an average annual salary of almost $70,000.Flickr / COD Newsroom

The healthcare industry is on the rise, adding positions at a much quicker clip than the average job market and compensating employees with competitive salaries, thanks in part to increased demand from an aging Baby Boomer community. 

U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2016 Best Jobs rankings and positions in healthcare dominated the list, earning nine of the top 10 spots. U.S. News determined the best occupations in the country by comparing median salary, employment rate, growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. (You can read more about the methodology here.)

The site further broke down the rankings by industry, revealing the top positions in healthcare that offer good job prospects, elevated compensation, room for advancement, and opportunities to develop work-life balance. Orthodontist topped the rankings — it earned the No. 1 spot overall as well — followed by dentist and nurse anesthetist.

Read on to learn more about the 20 best jobs in healthcare, with annual average salary data included from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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