I am currently in my first year of College and doing my A-Levels (Biology, Chemistry and Computing) and I hope to study dentistry at university. I have read multiple posts from dentists on here saying that the job is no longer worth it - the pay is bad and there are job shortages all over the country.
Do you think that I should change my A-levels and go down a different route now? Or is dentistry still a rewarding career? Note: I'm not just going into Dentistry for money, however I would still like something to look forward to after 5 years in University and multiple loans to pay off at the end of it.
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- Thread Starter
- 04-10-2017 22:08
- 25-12-2017 01:12
Hi,I am going into dentistry aswell. I am currently in Yr11 doing my Gcses and I have already chosen Biology, Chesmistry and mathematics for A levels.I got into dentistry because it is a very demanded job, for proof when we call for a dentist appoinent we get one after like 4 months, in comparison to other careers such as optician and doctors.
- 25-12-2017 09:46
There aren't many job shortages - places for university admission is regulated by the GDC and heavy fines are levied on those institutions going over their assigned quota etc.
There's some great articles freely available on the British Dental Journal which discuss 'Why Dentistry' etc. Reason I am referring you to them is because they are written by experienced dentists. I'm a dental student but loving it for sure.. wouldn't change my mind in a million years!
But make sure it's the right reasons - a lot of students pick it for the wrong ones I feel!Last edited by Jitesh; 25-12-2017 at 10:06.
- 25-12-2017 10:05
I think it depends heavily on whether you feel enthusiastic about being a dentist. It seems quite an academically, physically and mentally demanding career path and also quite claustrophobic. I think prospects and salary potential are fine. If you're questioning it now another route might be better.