As the US populations continue to grow, so does the dental industry, with more and more people seeking oral health care. This has led to an increase in the demand for dentists and dental support staff. With the increasing use of new innovative technology and techniques, dental careers have a great appeal to many looking to have a gratifying career.
Dental jobs also offer a great deal of flexibility in terms of working hours and job security due to the increase in demand for dental care. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects a huge increase in the number of jobs for dental hygienists and dental assistants, with a lesser increase for dental laboratory technicians.
Dental jobs account for less 5 percent of the total number of healthcare jobs, each requiring different educational and training requirements successfully blended into a dental care team. The dentist usually heads the team, with support from mainly dental support staff which usually includes a dental assistants and a dental hygienist.
Those working in the dental field can work in general and specialty dental practices and clinics, and community health agencies. Apart from various clinical dentistry job opportunities, there are also opportunities for those interested in the administrative functions of dental care management, pharmaceutical and dental supply companies, education and research institutions. The career prospects for dental assistant jobs and dental hygiene jobs are also very good.