Dentistry ranks #1 in the top 100 jobs in America

For whatever reason, you have chosen a career in dentistry. Maybe it was to help people or to use your hands or to simply have a rewarding career. No matter your reason, you have chosen a great profession now more than ever.

The U.S. News ranks the top 100 jobs every year to help job-seekers in determining their best moves. Most of us already knew Dentistry was the best profession, but how did U.S. News come to the decision it was the number 1 job in America?

The report is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The initial search is for jobs with the greatest hiring demand from now until 2020. Then, U.S. News scores each of these jobs based on the following criteria: 10-Year Growth Volume, 10-Year Growth Percentage, Median Salary, Employment Rate, Future Job Prospects, Stress Level, and Work-Life Balance.

As you can imagine, Dentistry ranks high in all of these categories. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of 21% for dentists between 2010 and 2020 for dentists. This is good news for those of us who are continually told dentists are not retiring.

Not only is Dentist a top job, but Dental Hygienist ranked #10 on the list.

When you’re tired of studying endless hours or repeating assignments multiple times, just remember there is a bright light at the end of the four years and it’s a career in the current #1 profession in the country.

What excites you most about your future in dentistry?

~Katie Sowa, Houston ’15, Electronic Editor

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Comments (10)

  1. Tomaz Dolinar

    That is surprising news. I’m a dentist from Europe (Slovenia) and we are faced with surplus of dentist in almost every European country. There’s a lot of competition and price dumping. Hope that there are some better times ahead for us too.

    Modri zob

  2. Tom Mattern

    What excites us most at our practice is watching the explosion of technology slowly make it’s way into dentistry. For example, apps, video websites, and even responsive website designs.

    Seems we might be about 1 year behind, but all in all that isn’t so bad considering there is much longer of a process to implement technology into all of our practice mgmt software programs. Thanks for writing this post, I will check back for sure! Tom Mattern

  3. Dr. Robert Allen

    The message from Sovenia is not good, considering events in the US–such as sprospects for more dentals schoools and the elimination of dental disease in upper class and upper income families. Just look around and ask fellow students how many filling each has…you will discover , as I have, many students have few to zero fillings. When I atteneded dental school over 50 years ago…all students had lots of dentistry to on one another. We practically completed our requirements on nursing, pharmacy,med and fellow dental students. That pool of untreated disease no longer exists.

    Nevertheless, I still love dentistry and there is much dentistry to do …problem is most of it is in individuals with low incomes. To provide for treatment to low income folks will require welfare intervention with the possiblty of government contorl of fees and treatment. The demand for hygenists will wane. There is still a bright future for dentists, however the need for implants, prosthodontists and crown and bridge specialist may decrease. Othodontics will remain in great demand.

    Dental incomes have been decreasing since 2004….but seem to be leveling off. Dental incomes are high compared to many comparable professions.

    We have a title on the door; an opportunity to be our own boss; to have status in a community. In small communities, the dentist is a very big fish. So think about going to a smal community for the many rewards there.

    I have been in active general practice for over 50 years…still do some work ,, and keep up my VA license. Enjoy every day I have a patient to see. Yesterday, a friend telephoned to ask if I could take a tooth out for him. I stillam allowed to go to my old office , by the dentist who pourchased it, and do a little work from time to time. I took out the guy’s tooth and my old office received the fee, for allowing us in.

    My relationship with the fellow who purhased my practice and building is near a perfect relationship. Maybe the fact that we are unrelated helps.

    I retired from my office 7 years ago and will be 80 years old in 6 months.

    At a local free dental clinic, I am the adjuct clinical professor two days a week where dental students from VCU are assigned to do the work…love the interaction with young people, and look forward to each new face.

    Good luck to all you young (new) dentists….

    I have had an exciting and rewarding ride….it is not over yet.

    Dr. Bob Allen VCU 1959 Hampton VA
    Park Place Free Dental Clinic , Norfolk, VA

    • Dr Parag

      Felt good after reading your reply Sir.
      Bless us for our future.

      Dr Parag Hadge


    Many practicing dentists seem to have a bleak outlook for new graduates with new(ish) student loan policy, the opening of new dental schools, and the subsequent competition that will follow. I hope it won’t result in a Slovenia-esk career for myself and peers.

  5. Unlimited smile

    I am a dentist for many years and I love my job. I was most happy to provide the desired smile and patient satisfaction, what is the most important thing in our business.

  6. More people need to floss

    In north San Diego county we have a surplus of dentists. The clinics advertise continually and up sell treatment options. Dentists that have been in the area for years advertise in multiple publications because they are not busy. The HMO programs have so many enrolled dentists they are able to turn down newbies. The bottom line if you pick a desirable area to live and chances are there will be too many dentists. If you think working for a clinics would be satisfying check out their turn rover rate.

    • Peter

      You are absolutely right, this bs about how great the dental field is being pushed by the universities. Unless dentist want to work for free at medicaid clinics it is far from rosey!

  7. toothslayer

    The market for dentistry has contracted since I started practicing in 1996. There is a ton of dental disease out there to do but it is mostly in the poor who could never afford to treat it. The wealthy or upper middle class are a shrinking group; but there is a lot of work to do in that population but it is much more scarce and competition for this market is fierce. The schools must reduce the number of new graduates to preserve a healthy market for us to do well. The best thing you can do now is to learn to do high end procedures like ortho and implant dentistry because these areas offer the most income for your practice. Third molar removal and IV sedation is another service that upper middle class people will always be in need and you should learn to incorporate this service into your practice as well and you will do very well.


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