As a recent Mini Dental School graduate (click here to read my previous blog post), I'm interested in learning about job opportunities for these recent grads.
At Mini Dental School, Dr. Randy Kluender explained that recent dental school grads will have many future opportunities in dentistry. He said that a large number of dentists are projected to retire in the next 20 years, which will open up many jobs for new dentists in private practices, as teachers, and as public health employees. Dr. Kluender also said that dentistry will continue to grow since baby boomers will need complicated dental procedures as they age. Additionally, as the economy stabilizes, more Americans will have access to healthcare.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for dental careers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Employment for dentists is expected to grow by 21% from 2010-2020. In addition, employment for dental hygienists is expected to grow by 38% from 2010-2020. Dental assistants can expect a 31% job growth within that same time span.
The class of 2012 has a great job outlook to look forward to.
Monica Barudin is an Assistant Editor for Dental Product Shopper and Hygiene Product Shopper.