5. Physicians and surgeons
Unemployment rate, 2014: 0.4% (tied-5th highest) Median annual pay, 2012: Greater than $187,200 Employment change, 2012-2022: 17.8%
Less than 0.5% of physicians and surgeons were unemployed last year, a lower rate than for the vast majority of occupations.
The BLS also forecasts the number of physicians and surgeons to grow by 17.8% by 2022, one of the faster growth rates reviewed. The large and aging baby boomer population partly explains this growth trend. The requirements for physicians and surgeons typically include education and training that span more than a decade and that can be very demanding. Physicians and surgeons examine, counsel, and perform procedures on patients with physical injuries and diseases. Those employed in the occupation are also well compensated, with a median pay of more than $187,000 in 2012, one of the highest earnings.