Why should you choose a career in dentistry?

February 2, 2022

Did you know that of the 25 jobs listed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 list of “Best Paying Jobs,” four come from the dental industry? Orthodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, prosthodontists, and general practice dentists all made the list. But you don’t have to be a doctor to benefit from a career in dentistry. There are plenty of reasons why you might consider the dental field as your industry of choice.

Financial Stability

The findings above certainly establish dentistry as an industry with financial benefits. Indeed, while annual salaries for dentists have gradually increased in recent years, so have those for dental hygienists, dental assistants and administrative staff, according to survey findings from the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute. Mortenson Dental Partners (MDP) has recently increased compensation rates for doctors, raised salary ranges for dental assistants and added bonus opportunities to our generous compensation structure for hygienists. And, considering the importance of dental care for both oral and overall wellness, dentistry is an industry that’s here to stay.

Growth Opportunities

Whether you’re serving patients as a clinician, welcoming visitors at the front desk or assisting practices behind the scenes, the dental industry is abound with growth opportunities. For example, dental assistants often go on to become hygienists, dentists or practice managers, and hygiene assistants often become hygienists. In addition, hygienists sometimes pursue opportunities in education, public health or sales, while dentists can consider careers in clinical research, teaching and even forensics! One of the benefits of being part of a DSO is that all roles have the potential to advance to the executive level. In fact, one of MDP’s regional presidents started out as a front-desk business associate at one of our practices! With a robust learning and development platform and several continuing education programs, MDP fosters growth for team members looking to progress their careers.

Personal Fulfillment

What greater reward is there than helping others? Dentistry is highly respected for its contributions to health and wellness within the communities it serves. Among its many services, dental professionals relieve discomfort and restore confidence for their patients. All positions play a vital role in ensuring patients receive the care they need. It’s no wonder MDP’s mission is to improve the lives of others by living our values every day. 

We are hiring at all levels of our organization, in both clinical and support roles and across nine states! Apply with us today and make the dental industry your industry!