This is the fifth post in a series about the best jobs by ed level for 2012. See the original post here. Keep in mind that the 2012 data is a projection.
In this post we want to highlight the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs that require a doctoral or first professional degree. Our analysis is based solely on labor market data from EMSI’s 2012.1 Covered Employment release, which is drawn from over 80 state and federal data sources. We use Analyst, EMSI’s web-based labor market analysis tool, to assemble and filter this data. The tool contains detailed information on over 1,100 industries and 800 occupations.
Most New Jobs
- Postsecondary teachers gained 80,000 new jobs from 2008-2012.
- Physicians & surgeons gained 23,000,
- Family & general practitioners gained 15,000, and
- Medical scientists gained 8,300.
As it turns out, most of the occupations here are healthcare related (SOC code 29).
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Here we have the jobs that have bulked up the most proportionately speaking.
- Oral & maxillofacial surgeons grew by an impressive 103% since 2008.
- The rest can’t even touch that: family & general practitioners (16%), obstetricians & gynecologists (14%), anesthesiologists (11%), and pediatricians (11%). Note again the dominance of healthcare jobs.
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Again, lots of health care jobs. Of all the occupations that make more than $70 an hour (2011 median hourly wage), surgeons is the highest ($89.19), followed closely by anesthesiologists ($86.89), oral & maxillofacial surgeons ($86.30), and obstetricians & gynecologists ($83.69).
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Taking growth and wages together, which of these super-high higher-ed jobs are performing the best? Oral & maxillofacial surgeons, physicians & surgeons, family & general practitioners are the most notable on both levels.
Return to the original post here.