In 2017, US News and World Report chose being a dentist as the “best job.” Based on the salary, expected number of openings, advancement opportunities, and career fulfillment, being a dentist garnered the highest overall score of 8.2.
According to the list, dentists are well-compensated as they earn an average salary of 152,700 US dollars based on 2015 data. Their salary has also increased every year since 2010.
The highest salary of dentists is 187,200 US dollars, while the lowest salary of dentists is 68,310 US dollars. Delaware, New Hampshire, Alaska, North Dakota, and North Carolina are the best-paying states.
Dentists recorded average opportunities and stress level, and above average work-life balance. Despite working full-time and into evenings or weekends, the dental profession still gives dentists a lot of flexibility to craft the work-life balance he or she wants.
In 2016, more than 196,000 dentists are working in Dentistry where 21 percent are dental specialists, according to the American Dental Association.
How can I become a dentist?
To become a dentist, a student must take high school courses such as calculus, biology, physics, chemistry, and statistics. A bachelor’s degree is usually a requirement in dental school, along with the Dental Admissions Test.
Typically, it takes four years in dental school and additional years of residency and specialization.
What are the different dental specialties?
Regarding specialization, ADA acknowledged nine specialties — periodontics, oral and maxillofacial radiology, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and dental public health.
Periodontists focus on the inhibition, identification, and treatment of problems in the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth.
Oral and maxillofacial radiologists specialize in the production and interpretation of images and data. These images and data are then utilized to diagnose and manage dental issues.
Orthodontists are involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and correction of malocclusion, bite, and alignment of the teeth. Aside from straightening the teeth, orthodontists are also in-charge of treating neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the orofacial structures.
Prosthodontists address tooth loss by creating artificial teeth via treatments and procedures such as dental bridges, dental implants, and dentures. With their help, a patient can restore and maintain the function, health, and appearance of his or her teeth and other oral and maxillofacial structures.
Pediatric dentists are in-charge of ensuring children’s oral health condition from birth up to teenage years.
Oral and maxillofacial pathologists are dentists who examine oral-related disease — their causes, processes, and effects. They also conduct research and diagnosis of the disorders and manage and treat oral and maxillofacial pathologies.
Endodontists focus on the diagnosis and treatment of the dental pulp and the tissues surrounding it, including the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are in-charge of dental surgeries of problems, injuries, and diseases of the oral maxillofacial region, both functional and aesthetic.
Public health dentists serve the community through the prevention and control of oral diseases, and the promotion of oral health by educating the public and conducting research for the benefit of the community.