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We all know the stereotype of English people having bad teeth is untrue, and that’s because we have an excellent dentistry industry! The dentistry industry obviously hires dentists, but also has roles for dental nurses, hygienists alongside more administrational roles. There’s a place for everybody in the dentistry industry.
The dentistry industry consists of both public and private sectors. This means you’ll be able to choose whether you’d like to work for the NHS or a smaller, specialised private practice. There is currently a shortage of dentists in the NHS, so there’s lots of opportunity for young people looking to get into the industry.
If you want to be a dentist, you’re going to need a degree in dentistry. This can typically take about five years. Nurses and hygienists will also need degrees, but these degrees will take less time to complete.
Quite a sizeable percentage of the population have a phobia against visiting the dentist, particularly small children, so being a calm, compassionate and considerate individual will be important for a role in dentistry. We all know going to the dentist isn’t really that bad, but you’ve got to prove that to your patients!
Roles in dentistry are well-defined, so your career path will be fairly clear to you. Once you achieve a certain level of experience or gain a particular qualification, you can move up in the industry. This means that you’ll be less worried about having to prove yourself to your boss. If you have the right qualifications, you’ll move up!
The average wage of a dentist is about £50,040. This will vary according to your experience, so expect to see your wage grow throughout your career.