Many dentists consider career changes after they begin private practice for a variety of reasons including disability, stress and burn-out or dissatisfaction. Some dentists simply prefer to pursue non-clinical career opportunities.
You may have a clear vision of your career track. For most, however, clinical dentistry has been the only focus in his or her professional career. Therefore, we recommend that you assess your personal strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, relevant training or experience and long-range goals before you begin any meaningful job search. Other things to consider are your income needs, willingness to relocate, willingness to travel and any physical limitations.
It is important to recognize that most dentists are highly trained for a career in clinical dentistry. Although your first preference may be to use your dental training in a meaningful and satisfying way, the relevance of such training may drop off precipitously when seeking an alternative career. Career opportunities outside of clinical practice in the dental profession are limited so you may wish to consider a complete change of direction.
The ADA recognizes that dentists may benefit from guidance when seeking to change careers. In this section will find resources for:
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