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1. Physician

Industry: Health care
Median Salary: $208,000 or more

Physicians diagnose and treat illnesses by examining patients, performing tests, prescribing medications and giving patients recommendations on preventive health care. Whether they work in hospitals or their own private practices, physicians always work closely with other health care staff, such as physician assistants and registered nurses.

Physicians need college and medical school degrees, as well as years of residency experience. Physicians either have a Doctor of Medicine degree or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Employment in this field is slower than the average for all occupations, but the BLS says about 22,700 openings are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

Among all the roles with the same high salary range of $208,000 or more, the role of physician tops the list with the highest overall ranking, coming in at No. 11 on the Best Jobs rankings. US news data also show that the job has a very low unemployment rate of only 0.07% in 2020 and an above-average rating for upward mobility.

Learn more about physicians, medical school programs in internal medicine or medical school programs in primary care. Read a detailed guide on becoming a doctor.


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