Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Dentistry Ranked #4 in U.S. News & World Report "Top 25 Jobs for 2019"

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Dentistry is a great profession for those who love it.  The combination of communication, helping people, and solving sometimes complicated problems are just a few of the reasons I love what I do.
It seems that whenever I see some sort of list of great jobs, jobs with great satisfaction, or whatever, dentistry is always ranked pretty highly.  The latest Top 25 Jobs from U.S. News and World Report is just one more example of this.  Here’s what they have to say:

Dentists identify and treat problems concerning a patient's mouth, gums and teeth. Their duties include extracting teeth, fitting dentures and filling cavities. Some choose to specialize in areas that range from treating serious oral problems and diseases to straightening teeth and performing oral surgeries. They are assisted by dental hygienists, who complete a patient's teeth cleaning, and by dental assistants, who usually help with recordkeeping and instrument sterilization.

Many people dread the dentist. When they open wide, they're afraid what the dentist will find. Yet another cavity? Or even worse – will it be time for a root canal? Will the dentist embarrass them about their flossing frequency or their coffee drinking? Will they push procedures that patients don't want? 

According to Ada S. Cooper, a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association and dentist with a private practice in New York City, these concerns are why establishing trust is so important. "Patients have to know that dentists are doing what's best for them," Cooper says. And they can do this by being honest, ethical and compassionate – three qualities Cooper looks for when she is hiring at her practice. She also highlights the importance of good communication skills.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 19.4 percent employment growth for dentists between 2016 and 2026. In that period, an estimated 25,700 jobs should open up.

For the full listing follow this link.  


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