According to U.S. News & World Report, Software Developer is the Best Job in America for 2020

The job, however, did come with high stress.
Loukia Papadopoulos

U.S. News & World Report unveiled its best jobs in America list of 2020 and software developer topped the list. However, that does not mean the job did not come with high levels of stress as it did.

Unfortunately, there was only one job on there that paid a high salary, six figures or more, and also offered a stress-free environment. And that job was orthodontist.


People in this profession make an average of $225,760 per year but don't experience the stress levels of most people in that salary range. “Orthodontists have very scheduled hours and few emergencies,” told MarketWatch Whitney Blair Wyckoff, senior editor of advice products for U.S. News.

187 jobs reviewed

The editors reviewed 187 jobs for the best-jobs ranking. They evaluated such elements as stress levels, work-life balance, salary, and more and found the following 10 to be the best jobs in America:

1. Software developer
2. Dentist
3. Physician assistant
4. Orthodontist
5. Nurse practitioner
6. Statistician
7. Physician
8. Speech and language pathologist
9. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
10. Veterinarian

One recurring theme throughout the report, however, was stress levels. Unfortunately, stress levels were found to be high in most of the high paying jobs.

Fewer than 10 of these jobs had average levels of stress. Amongst these were dentists, podiatrists, political scientists, optometrists, software developers, actuaries, and mathematicians.

Stress in the workplace

Stress is no joke and it seems to be prevalent at workplaces everywhere. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released a report that found that 40% of workers report their job is “very or extremely stressful," 26% report they are “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work," and 29% feel “quite a bit or extremely stressed at work.”

That same report found that "problems at work are more strongly associated with health
complaints than are any other life stressor—more so than even financial problems or family problems." The bottom line is that finding a positive environment without too much added pressure is key to a good life.

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