Why Not To Choose A Career In Dentistry

career in dentistryA recent article we posted about listed some reasons why you should choose dentistry as a career. But there are some reasons you may not want to choose a career in dentistry. The field of dentistry isn’t for everyone and it can be overwhelming if you aren’t prepared.  Check out some things you should consider when choosing (or not choosing) a career in dentistry.

  • Schooling – Becoming a dentist requires a huge commitment of time and money.  You are required to complete a bachelor’s degree (4 years) and then another 4 years of dental school.  If you want to specialize in something, such as orthodontics, you may have another 3 years or so on top of that.
  • Accumulation of debt – All those years in school can add up to a lot of student loan debt. On average, dental students have $100,000 to $300,000 in debt after graduation from dental school.
  • Hard Work – During the four years of dental school you will keep very busy and it is a lot of hard work.  It can be overwhelming and stressful, especially if you have a family.  This is something to consider.
  • Expensive start up – Starting up a practice is expensive.  If you choose to start your own practice, it will cost anywhere between $300,000 and $500,000.  And when you first start out, you don’t have many clients, it will take a while to get going.
  • Job repetition – Dentists do a lot of the same thing over and over again each day.  Many people would find this work monotonous and boring.  Be sure that you are someone that likes to do the same thing each day.

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Why You Should Choose Dentistry For A Career

choose dentistryIf you have recently graduated and are wondering what the next step is, you may be considering a career in the health field.  The following are some reasons why you may want to choose dentistry for a career.

  • You want to help people – Because dentistry is a service oriented profession, you will be spending all your time helping people.  A career helping people can be very rewarding, especially if you make great improvements in their lives. There is instant gratification when you are able to end a horrible tooth ache for someone or improve someone’s smile significantly.
  • It’s a highly respected profession – The field of dentistry is highly respected and a dentist holds the title of doctor and is able to prescribe drugs, and perform surgeries.  Dentists are highly respected by the community and the majority of people have a positive opinion of dentists.
  • Dentistry is a stable career – A career in dentistry is stable because there is a strong demand for dentists all over the world. There are limited spots available in dental schools so as older dentists retire, there is a great demand.
  • Great income – The average dentist makes over $100,000 per year and the great thing about being a dentist is that you can determine how much you want to make based on how much you want to work.  Some dentists work less than 3 days a week and still make a great income. Dentists who work long days and even some weekends may earn above $300,000 per year.

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What You Should Know About DAT

datDAT stands for Dental Admission Test.  The DAT is conducted by the American Dental Association and taking this test and doing well on it is an important step in preparing for your career in dentistry. The DAT is required by all dental schools for admission and how well you do on it has weight on the admissions decision. It is designed to measure aptitude in general academics, scientific comprehension and perceptual ability.

The test is structured to measure how well you have learned throughout your undergraduate studies and your ability to apply that to advanced studies. The test takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes divided into timed sections with optional breaks. This test is structured in such a way so as to measure your ability to be successful in dental education. The sections consist of science, perpetual ability, reading comprehension and quantitative reasoning.

If you need to take the DAT you can apply online or by mail.  Be sure to complete your application completely and legibly so it is not returned. Before you take the exam, you must have completed one year of college including courses in biology and chemistry.

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