Dental Specialization Spotlight
You've chosen a great time to get started! At a mean annual wage of $156,850, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the employment of dentists will grow faster than that of all occupations and project an Increase of 16% over the next 10 years.
Why is the future smiling on dentistry? Careeroverview.com credits the number of retiring dentists as well as the aging of the baby boomers. As this significant portion of the population continues to get older, they will have a significant impact on several industries in this country, including insurance, financial services, healthcare, and even cosmetics. And as these folks continue to get older, they'll require preventive and maintenance care for their teeth, as well as bridges and dentures.
There are plenty of great reasons to pursue a career as a dentist: A good salary, the on-going intellectual challenge, job autonomy and security, the opportunity for research, and working with people are just a few. But dentistry isn't only about cleanings, x-rays, and cavities—while many dentists choose to be general practitioners, the American Dental Association recognizes several fields of specialization. Take a look at a few of the opportunities available to a DDS outside of general dentistry.