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Software Developer Tops List of 2019 Best Jobs Rankings

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In search of the best possible job? Look no further than software developer, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking which made the position its top pick for the new year.

The Best Jobs of 2019 list takes seven factors into account, including median salary, employment rate, and stress level. The median salary for a software developer is $101,790, and the unemployment rate is 1.9 percent, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Though software developers have neither the highest median salary nor lowest unemployment rate on the Best Jobs of 2019 list, the position's projected increase in demand—roughly 30 percent between 2016 and 2026—and average stress levels helped it land the top spot.

"Unlike some other jobs that do pretty well on the list, which are very demanding, software developer tends not to be a really stressful profession," says Rebecca Koenig of U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News Best Jobs of 2019

1. Software Developer

2. Statistician

3. Physician Assistant

4. Dentist

5. (tie) Orthodontist

5. (tie) Nurse Anesthetist

7. Nurse Practitioner

8. Pediatrician

9. (tie) Obstetrician and Gynecologist

9. (tie) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

9. (tie) Prosthodontist

9. (tie) Physician

From USA Today
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