A recent U.S. News & World Report has identified that being a dentist is the best overall healthcare job in terms of both pay and overall job satisfaction, according to Dent Reps. The report also stated that dentists are well paid for the amount of work they do, compared to other healthcare jobs such as doctors or nurses. The report also found that the typical salary of a fully qualified dentist was approximately $150k, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This rise in average wages is a big jump from previous years findings. It is thought this increase is due to the rise in popularity of tooth whitening and other non-essential dentistry work. The number of dental jobs is expected to increase by 20% in the next six years. This is due to cosmetic dentistry and because of our aging population.
In terms of work life balance, dentists were also found to be enjoying a comparatively good work life balance compared to a doctor for example. Dentists who have taken the time to join the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) are trained in areas such as Botox and dermal fillers are the dentists who are earning a great salary. These people were also found to be happier in their jobs, in part due to enhanced job security and bigger take home wages.
The results from the survey from U.S. News & World Report should be celebrated, but there will many dentists who don’t achieve this level of salary or benefits in their position. But, it shows that if you invest in yourself by completing continuing education and diversify your skills to incorporate cosmetic dentistry, your salary level could increase dramatically. As your experience grows, the opportunities that will come your way will also increase, so it is important to keep developing your career.
The importance of these continuing education credits should not be underestimated. In fact, you should be doing these continuing education credits as part of your licence renewal, but since they can lead to bigger opportunities, it is important to do as many of these credits as possible.
If you are looking for dental jobs in your area, why not check out the dental jobs near me tool on DentReps.com.