Dentistry Careers That Do Not Involve Direct Patient Contact

May 22, 2015

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Are you fascinated by the idea of dentistry but would prefer something that involves minimal direct patient contact? Whether you are looking for opportunities in management, teaching, criminal investigations or research, the good news is a degree in dentistry can serve as a foundation for a satisfying career outside of clinical practice. In some cases, depending on your choice of career, education beyond general dentistry may be necessary. While this may mean addition years of study, it is well worth it if you consider the many benefits you enjoy, from a higher salary to greater job satisfaction. 

Take a look at some of the alternative non-clinical dental career options that you can choose from.

Manufacturers of all types of dental products and equipment prefer to hire professionals with expert dental knowledge for areas such as product innovation, customer relations, marketing and in-house consulting. The education and knowledge that you already possess as a dentistry graduate may boost your opportunities in this arena.

Along with a growing demand for qualified dentists across all specialties, there is also an increased demand for dedicated educators. Dental schools as well as specialty and allied dental programmes around the world are always in need of qualified and skilled educators to train future generations of oral health professionals. As a qualified academician, you have the choice of working with any government or private dental college on a full-time or part-time basis depending on your other commitments. Some positions may require you to be specialised in one or more dentistry subject such as periodontics, pedodontics, oral implantology, endodontics, oral medicine, oral pathology or prostodontics.

As a dental academician, you can also venture into publishing or research, review new developments and technologies or manage lab work at a dental institution.  From improving dental products to technological innovation and craniofacial studies, there is tremendous potential in several areas of research in the field of dentistry.

Private dental insurance companies are always in need of qualified dentists for a number of positions, including scientific analyses and research, claims review and administrative functions. There are also high level managerial positions available but these will require more than a dental degree and a history of clinical practice.

As a dentist in the field of public health you could contribute to developing or running programmes that aim to promote oral health and prevent oral disease and oral epidemiology. Major employers of public health dentists include voluntary organisations, public health agencies and health care delivery systems.

If you are law and legal investigation, you can use your dental background to work in the field of Forensic Odontology or Forensic Dentistry. This involves assessing the severity of injuries from teeth and bite marks and using dental records to verify the identity of missing persons and identify human remains. Forensic odontologists usually work with law enforcement agencies.

Accreditation organisations employ field surveyors who are experienced in a specific healthcare specialty to provide an external review of the quality and safety of care being provided.

Obtaining an MBA in Hospital Management after your degree in Dental Science qualifies you to work as an administrator or manager in larger health care service establishments.