Being a Dentist is the Best Job in the US

Being a Dentist is the Best Job in the USBeing a dentist is the best job to have in 2013, according to U.S. News.

Last week, U.S. News released their list of the 100 Best Jobs for 2013.

The criteria for the occupations that made the list are jobs that offer great employment opportunities, a good salary, a manageable work-life balance, and job security.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that employment of dentists is expected to grow by 21% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Dentists will continue to see an increase in public demand for their services as studies continue to link oral health to overall health.

Part of this growth is expected to come from the aging baby-boom generation who are predicted to need more complicated dental work as they continue to age. The number of dentists is not expected to keep pace with this increased demand for boomer dental services.

Rural dentists continue to decline throughout the U.S. The ADA’s Dental Health Policy Analysis Series reports that almost 90% of all dentists are located in metropolitan areas; less than 1% are located in rural areas. About 8% of U.S. counties have no active dentist practicing within the county.

Data from the ADA reveals that total predoctoral enrollment was at its highest level during the late 1970s through the early 1980s, with peak enrollment of 22,842 in the 1980-81 academic year. In the last ten years, first-year predoctoral enrollment has only risen an average of 1.7% annually while the demand for dental services has risen dramatically since the 1980s.

Further increasing the demand for more dentists is the projection that beginning in 2014, as the baby-boomer dentists start to retire, the number of practicing dentists will decline dramatically while the U.S. population continues to increase.

Ignored in the U.S. News 100 Best Job list is the fact that dental students are graduating from dental school with increasingly burdensome amounts of educational debt.

The American Dental Education Association reports that in 2007 the average for all dental school graduates with debt averaged $172,627, those graduating from a public school averaged $148,777, while those graduating from private/state-related schools averaged $206,956. New dentists are entering the workforce carrying student debt loads not previously seen by entry level dentists at any time in the history of dental care.

Dentists, what are your thoughts about dentistry as a career?

Do you think being a dentist is the best job in the U.S.?

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  • ilya benjamin

    Is any one really going to admit that this is the “worst job?”  What does US News know about dentistry?

    The monster in our profession is the advent of management companies that are taking us, the “happy dentists” by storm!  Business professionals that re creeping in to our industry and hiring the newly grads.

    Patient care drops!

  • Dr. Ed

    I think there are opportunities in dentistry still, patients are definitely in need of services, but it is more difficult to get patients to spend discretionary dollars on even semi-elective dentistry. You can still make a good living, but the days of simply being a good and caring dentist being enough to attract patients are gone. Dentists who practice this way are struggling and losing their practices. Those are qualities you still need, but you also need to  understand how to run and market a  business. Dentists will work harder to make the same amount of income. The smarter you work (efficiencies of a well run business), the better it can be. You need to maximize your office utilization, have multiple doctors share space with extended hours (both for patient convenience and to maximize the “bang for the buck” your facility can deliver), and market well. It is going to be particularly difficult for new grads (I know quite a few graduating with over $300,000.00 of just dental school debt). There is a difference between the need for dentistry out there and the patients available who can, and will pay for those needed services. This is the problem that both government and many in organized dentistry can’t seem to grasp. It keeps getting more expensive to keep your practice open,and this will actually get worse over the next few years.
    Despite the best good will between colleagues, competition is now a fact of life, and you need to ethically promote your practice better than ever before.    

  • Jaw Pain

    It seems that dentist can find best opportunity in US.

  • I don’t disagree with “ilya’s” comment regarding management companies. I love the profession however after watching how these companies treat patients and their proffesional — well lets just say it’s not from the “HEART…” New doctor’s compensation is another problem. Insurance  reimbursement is another, student loan dept. The list goes on and on.

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