Monday, January 18, 2021

U.S. News & World Report Rank Dentistry in the Top 10 Best Jobs

 


While the pandemic has certainly changed work environments for a lot of us, healthcare, and especially dentistry  has for sure undergone changes.

However, dentists can take heart as the profession can at least feel good about their rankings in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of Best Jobs.

Dentistry has ranked pretty high in this list for the past few years that I've been paying attention to it... and this year isn't much different.  The job list ranks "Dentist" as #9, not just in healthcare, but in all jobs across the board.

For those of you who might be considering dentistry for yourself or perhaps for one of your children let me state something right off the bat... Money isn't everything.  While dentists tend to make a good living, the profession isn't necessarily easy.  My biggest piece of advice to anyone exploring what to do with their life is this: "Do what you love."  I consider myself a really lucky guy.  I *love* what I do.  I get to earn a living by doing something that I love to do.  I love helping people and I love getting to know people and helping them feel at ease.  I also truly enjoy "fixing things".  Dentistry allows me to do all of that.  However, if you do not love it, the profession can be daunting and difficult.  If you choose to do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.  That's my best advice.

Here is what the report has 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 record keeping 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 2.8 percent employment growth for dentists between 2019 and 2029. In that period, an estimated 3,700 jobs should open up.

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