- General practice
- Hospital dentistry
- Community dentistry
- Armed forces dentistry
- Corporate bodies
- Industry dentistry
- University teaching and research
Being a dentist demands diagnostic, clinical and social skills and allows you the unique opportunity to pursue several careers which offer an intellectual and practical challenge as well as a service to society and a respected place in the community. In order to be successful and enjoy this profession, it is essential that you possess good people skills and an interest in their welfare.
Some dentists will become teachers or lecturers in dental schools, others will be employed in hospitals or community clinics, but most will become general dental practitioners. Often they will be managing a team of people encompassing dental nurses, hygienists, receptionists and others. Good administrative and managerial abilities are required.
To qualify as a dentist you need to complete a dental course, which usually lasts five years and