The Best jobs in Dentistry for 2020

The Best jobs in Dentistry for 2020

The dentistry profession is an exciting and every changing one. This field is exciting because as people’s needs change and technology becomes more advanced, the dental field changes with it. If you’re wondering about the best jobs in dentistry for 2020, then you’re not alone! People are interested in dentistry because the field attracts those looking to help others and desire job security and growth. Check out these careers that we consider the best jobs in dentistry right now:

Dental Hygienist

The role: Dental hygienists examine a patient’s oral structure for signs of disease and provide preventive care. Due to this, a large part of the role is educating patients about their oral health which may include how to appropriately brush and floss teeth.

The perks:

  • 2020 is the year where people are in need of work/life balance more than ever, which makes this career perfect for many. Dental hygienist often work part-time and can fulfill temporary roles (ex: covering maternity leave)
  • Competitive salary! The national median salary is 76,220 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • In order to be a dental hygienist you must obtain an associates degree. This process usually takes about 3 years, which is a fairly small amount of time given the competitive salary

Pediatric Dentist

The role: Pediatric dentists focus on improving the oral health of children. This is important because as children are learning to take care of their oral health, a pediatric dentist will provide prevention treatment to assist when their oral health is not ideal.

The perks:

  • The biggest perk about being a pediatric dentist is being able to work with kids! Being able to work with kids means your day might be filled with singing, dancing, and doing other silly things to help kids have a positive experience.
  • Pediatric dentists earn a great salary! The median annual salary is $159,770.
  • The year 2020 is all about virtual experiences and learning. With more information readily available online, parents are becoming more health conscious and raising their children to focus on their health. Due to this, parents are looking online for information and pediatric dentists are taking note. As a pediatric dentist, you can easily be a part of this trend and create educational content online, like Dr.Mo:
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Orthodontist

The role: An orthodontist is mainly concerned with a patient’s teeth and jaw function. Due to this concern, orthodontists are most known for the dentists who correct people’s bites by putting on braces.

The perks:

  • Orthodontists are rated as the #3 “Best Healthcare Job” in 2020. This rating is determined by a number of factors including salary, unemployment rate, and future job prospects
  • The average salary is $208,000 making this career choice a lucrative one
  • It is anticipated that the employment opportunities will grow approximately 7% by 2028!
  • Many dentists report that their job is rewarding as they are able to transform people’s lives through the use of braces and other treatments

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

The role: Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform surgery on the face, mouth and jaw in order to treat diseases and injuries.

The perks:

Are you interested in working in the dental field? Comment below with what career you’re thinking of and why!

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Kristie Cabrera

Kristie is an occupational therapist, mental health advocate, and amateur urban farmer. Her experience with taking care of others in the healthcare setting and taking care of the land are both important pieces that make up who she is. As a life-long learner and creative, she hopes to create content that is centered around wellness and healing.

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