Just in case you all missed it U S News and World report recently did their annual review of the best occupations in the United States this year, 2015, and the #1 job is dentistry. Yes, that’s my job! U.S. News and World report says dentistry offers “a comfortable salary, low unemployment rate and agreeable work/life balance.” Dentists also topped the publication for this best healthcare occupations. In fact Dr. Richard Balachovic, President Chief Executive Officer of the American Dental Education Association, is quoted as saying, “today’s students want it all and dentistry really does deliver that. What other profession allows you to care for patients, make a good living and work as part of a team and have flexibility.” Dr. Gerard Kugel, editor and chief of Inside Dentistry, says, “I agree that dentists do more than just treat teeth. We diagnose dental and medical issues and if we do our jobs correctly we improve the quality of life for our patients. It is a career that is rewarding both financially and personally.” US News says that the flexible work schedule and low unemployment rate of dentistry also helps propel them to the top spot of the top 100 jobs in the U.S., which includes business, creative, construction, healthcare, social services and technology professions. They listed the 4 following reasons for choosing dentists as #1: a low unemployment rate, a decent work/life balance, good salary and they predicted employment growth of nearly 16% between 2012 and 2022 with more than 23,000 new openings. In short can there really be a better job than #1? I don’t think so. That is why I remain a dentist and am loving every minute of it for the last almost 40 years. If you know anyone that is interested in getting into my profession, I would be more than happy to talk to them. Just give me a call so I can help steer them in the right direction.