In a press release issued today by U.S. News & World Report, it was found from their annual survey that being a dentist is the best healthcare job in terms of satisfaction and pay. From the study, it was found that dentists are comparatively well compensated for the work that they do, compared to other healthcare professionals. According to the BLS (otherwise known as the Bureau of Labor Statistics), it was found that the average dentist has a salary of $152,700. This figure was for the year 2015.
The rise in earnings is partly down to more people using the services of cosmetic dentistry, such as for teeth whitening, in order to achieve a lightening white smile. The BLS predicts that the number of dental jobs will increase by 18% by 2024, with approximately 23,000 more positions than there are now.
This is why the role of the dentist has been voted number 1. The excellent salary, job security and low unemployment rate make it an excellent career choice. This is coupled with a good work-life balance – but of course, this varies from dentist to dentist.
I speak with many dentists on a day to day basis, and I can assure you that a lot of qualified dentists don’t enjoy this level of salary, and are not happy with their job that they do each day and come home feeling stressed. But, this doesn’t apply to all dentists I speak too. Dentists who are members of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), who have taken additional courses and qualifications to use such things as Botox and dermal fillers, as well as PDO thread lifts, have better pay and are happier in their work. I suppose the extra patients that these cosmetic treatments bring in will keep your chair full, more money coming in and making you more satisfied with your job in the process.
So, while the survey from U.S. News & World Report is quite encouraging for the dental industry as a whole, if you as a dentist want to feel the benefits, we would recommend you expand and diversify your skills to incorporate cosmetic dentistry. You can even learn these new techniques by completing continuing education credits, which allow you to learn new techniques on a regular basis. These credits often count towards your licence renewal, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t be learning these new techniques.
If you are looking for dental jobs in your area, why not check out the dental jobs near me tool on DentReps.com.