Best Jobs in America

CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

39. Pediatrician
Pediatrician
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Median pay: $152,000
Top pay: $225,000
10-year job growth: 24.4%
Total jobs*: 859,300

What they do all day? Besides diagnosing and treating kids' illnesses and injuries, pediatricians perform regular checkups and immunizations from the time children are born till their teenage years.

How to get the job?

What's great? What's not? --J.A.

What they do all day? Besides diagnosing and treating kids' illnesses and injuries, pediatricians perform regular checkups and immunizations from the time children are born till their teenage years. --J.A.

Quality of life ratings:
  • Personal satisfaction: A
  • Benefit to society: A
  • Flexibility: C
  • Low stress: B
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*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research

Do Pediatricians have great jobs, or what? Are these great jobs, or what?
It's still a tough job market, so when CNNMoney, in partnership with data from PayScale.com, set out to find America's Best Jobs this year, first and foremost we looked for professions that offer great growth opportunities.

Other big factors: pay (how strong it is now, and how fast it's growing), overall job satisfaction, and how many jobs are in the field overall.
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