1. Dental hygienist
3. Occupational therapist
4. Physical therapist
7. Physician assistant
9. Primary Care Physician
10. Registered Nurse
Dental hygienists were first based on a median salary of nearly $70,000/year, low stress, a job growth outlook of 38% by 2020 and a small educational investment in a two year associates degree. They set their own schedules, work in comfortable environments and never have to take their work home!
Compare that to a Primary Care Physician who makes more than $200,000 on average a year but they pay expensive malpractice insurance, have patient demands 24/7, have high stress levels and can incur training debt of over $200,000. Additionally the post graduate training after a college degree is another 7 plus years, delaying any income potential that can never be caught up.
Occupational therapy and Physical therapy also have high rankings and with the baby boomer's aging, the growth potential is strong. But the physical demands are higher and patience is needed as they are dealing with injuries and disabilities.