Welcome to the very exclusive edition of DentalFry where you will be learning how o set up a successful career in dentistry. This post is exclusively for people who are confused about their career options after BDS. After your graduation the question “What After BDS?” or “What Can I do After BDS?” might have surely struck your mind.
In this post, I will give you the in-depth detail of all the best career options after BDS. You will even find out very different options after and streams that are not listed on any websites or blogs on the web. I will even include money-making techniques for dentists the normal way too. These are the best options in the field of dentistry.
I would recommend all the readers to go through this post without skipping for better knowledge. And this guide is exclusively for all dentists here about various career options after BDS.
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This guide is not for dentists from a specific location. You can be from anywhere, but most of the examples I use will be from India as I am from India. This article covers almost 99% of the career options available for the dentist after graduation.
Best Career Options After BDS
I had heard many of my friends and fellow dentists who say that dentistry is a very difficult career path. In India, a newly graduated dentist can only earn Rs10,000 or $200 per month.
When all reach the period of internship all the students get frustrated and break down. And from my research part, I will confidently tell you that you can earn a very good income if you work hard. Yes, It’s True! Read the full article and you will surely understand.
Do you know the Pro Career Options After Completing BDS?
- Become Dental Youtuber
- Become A Dental Blogger like Me
- Start a Dental Tourism Agency
- I had listed even more killer ideas of options after BDS below. I would request you to read the whole post so that It would help you for having a successful dental career.
1) The Traditional Option: Go for MDS After Your graduation
It is the very first option that strikes every dentist’s brain. Here I will tell you the PG options after BDS in detail. MDS is a good option in the coming years if you have good contacts in dental colleges or if you have someone working as a dentist in your family. I am not telling it’s not a good opportunity in dentistry. But the golden opportunity was for dentists who did their MDS and passed out before 2010.
You see in your college only how much new MDS senior lectures are getting paid. Each department is overflowing with MDS staff. This is on the academic side. You can also go for visiting clinics and you will get paid well. But, each city is having a lot of dentists and that too MDS. There is very high competition, but you can succeed if you work wisely.
If you are going for MDS then you must act fast. You might have come to know the strictness of getting admission to any college. Year by year the government and university might make the allotment and examination procedures very difficult. You can do MDS in government or private dental colleges. It depends on you whether you can work hard to crack the exam or not.
The government of India had made a single exam i.e NEET for admission to all colleges in the field and of Health and Sciences. Supreme Court has made many developments in the single exam patterns and you get the details online. I had even written a complete guide for MDS admission through management and NRI quota, which will give you an exact idea for taking admission in MDS through NEET.
You can also join for PG Diploma courses, I didn’t mean the short-term private course for orthodontics and all. You can join colleges for PG Diploma, it is a little bit costly but it’s worth it. It is only available in 7 or 8 dental colleges in India.
If you are looking for career options after BDS except for MDS, then read the other best options after BDS below.
2) Join in any Dental College as a Lecturer or Teaching Staff:
First, please keep in mind this post is only about career options after BDS and not MDS. So if you are a BDS and want to earn a living by the salary you get as a staff in college, it’s rubbish. You can’t earn more than Rs.15,000 maximum in any dental college as a staff. So please don’t go for this option. If you just need experience then you can forward.
BDS people can use this platform to boost their clinical and academic knowledge and prepare for post-graduation. If you want a hike in salary as a teaching staff then you should definitely go for MDS.
3) Government Job as a Dentist: You Should have some great luck:
The central and state government have a few openings for dentists in various sectors with a temporary rural posting and later a permanent posting depending on departments. A government job is a secure job. It gives many kinds of incentives in the form of Insurance and also pension schemes. The payout of government jobs is also very good.
The vacancy slots vary from states and from sectors. OBC and SC/ST candidates are easy to get placed in these openings. And also the government job is a bit hard to get. If you are placed in any government slots in the country then you are very much lucky and skilled. But, government dental jobs are not that frequently updated.
The following is an example of government dental jobs after BDS:
- Army Dental Corp
- Territorial Officer in Indian Army
- Railways as a dentist
- Join the Indian Navy or Indian Airforce as a dental officer.
- State government jobs, as dental surgeon etc
Above I had just mentioned the list of options you can go for in government job. If you want more detail about government dental jobs then you can check the link below and I am sure you will love it.
4) Go Abroad and Work as a Dentist: US, UK, Canada Etc.
A nice, difficult and costly career option after BDS. Before it was easy to go abroad to US, UK, and European Countries and settle as a dentist. The dentist salary in these countries is very high. But, this option is very difficult and costly.
Think you want to go to the US and settle there as a dentist. For this, you have to clear the NBDE Part 1 and NBDE Part 2 exams first, which are very difficult to pass. Ok, if you cleared both the exams then you should invest money and join a dental college to learn DDS, which is the valid dental degree in the US.
The course fee might be a minimum of 50 lakh rupees excluding the exam fees. Another drawback is that you have only a maximum of three attempts to clear the NBDE exams. Now still if you think it’s easy to go for, then you can surely go for it.
I don’t want to de-motivate the aspirants if you are able to clear the exams and have the budget to join for this amount then you can definitely go forward. You can easily settle there and be a millionaire. If you are going for this career option then I would strictly advise you to keep your visas and passport ready, also re-check for any spelling mistakes or errors that may ruin your whole effort.
If you are confident to clear the exams and able to afford the fees of the exam and course then I would strictly recommend you to go for this without second thinking. If you clear everything and join there then your life will be super easy and cool.
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5) Mission Gulf Countries:
This a very good career opportunity after BDS as it is easy and reasonable to go to any gulf country. There are many recruiters who send dentists to Gulf countries. The salary range of a BDS will be minimum Rs.80,000 to Rs.1.5 lakh. I would recommend you to go for MDS before going to Gulf countries, as Post-graduates are paid around Rs.5 lakh monthly, which may vary slightly.
For this, the candidate must clear the MOH(Ministry of Health) exam which is not that difficult to clear. Through this, you can get placed into government sectors of Gulf countries and that is surely a bumper prize for you. They will provide or reimburse travel expenses, food, and accommodation. You just have to spend money for your personal needs only.
You can earn well from there and come back to your native place and settle. I personally know people who work in gulf country for five years, earn a huge amount and come back put their clinic and sit back.
If you have good contacts then you can join private clinics on a contract basis and work. But I would recommend you to re-check every single detail before you leave the country.
6) Join the Army Dental Corps: Money and Respect
You can join the army dental corps where you are into a respectable government job with good income. They recruit civil dentists too. It’s not necessary that you should be a pass out of Army Dental College.
You can join the Indian Army Dental Corps as a short commission or long commission. The benefits I see in army dental corps are:
- Very Good Respect in Society.
- Very good income with insurance, pensions, and a lot of other facilities.
- With time you get promoted and you can reach a very high-level rank in the army.
- Last but not least, You are in the INDIAN ARMY! That’s a proud thing friend.
- Every year there will be openings in the Indian Army for dentists. You should be updated with the same and you should apply with all correct information or else you get rejected.
There will be only limited vacancies and competitions will be comparatively high. : P
7) Kick-start your own Dental Clinic:
Don’t think more about it. Yeah, dental clinics do make a good income. But you must research where to open and what is the competition status of that area.
I know people who just passed out BDS and started dental clinics and they are earning a good income monthly. But, it will take some time to establish.
After your BDS join any private clinic and make at least a year’s experience in RCT, Crown-cutting, Impactions, etc. By the time you will learn to manage patients, finance, expenses, and treatments.
Setting up a dental clinic is not that easy. You should have a budget, target to achieve, marketing ideas, and a lot more before starting a dental clinic. Dentistry is an investment based profession and you will need exact planning to achieve success in dentistry with a dental clinic.
8) MBA in Hospital Management: The New Generation Course:
MBA is the new trend among fresher dentists. This new career option has gained popularity in the dental field. A majority of them are going for an MBA in hospital administration, whereas others opt for other streams in MBA. Many of the dentists are also cracking CAT exams to join for MBA after BDS. MBA is a 2-year course and many dentists have seen colors of success through this course.
Note: You should aim for good management colleges if you are looking to get placed in good and reputed companies.
9) MPH: Masters in Public Health:
Like MBA, MPH after BDS is also an alternative career option for dentists. Before dentists used to join MPH so that they can settle in western countries. Many colleges, like Manipal University, have opened an MPH certificate course which is of high value.
Dentists who wanted to settle in western countries easily are opting for MBA or MPH after doing BDS. Many corporate companies and government sectors are looking for master’s in public health.
In India, a fresher with MPH can earn a minimum of Rs.25,000 to Rs.40,000 if you get placed in a good company.
10) Dental Career as a Youtuber: One of the Best Options after BDS
Ok, this is a very deep subject. I will try to brief it up here and later make a long post on how to make money through youtube as a dentist. Have you heard of Dr.Vikram Yadav? If your answer is No, then I will introduce him to you. He is a doctor by profession and one of the top 10 YouTubers in India. Dr.Vikram records every treatment he does and he uploads the videos to his youtube channel, Vikram Yadav. According to the youtube statistics app, social blade, Dr.Vikram Yadam is earning around $1.5K to $24.3K that is Rs.90,000 to Rs.14,58,000 monthly.
Pros of Being a Dental Youtuber:
- No time schedule.
- Unlimited Earning Opportunity.
- Work From Home.
- Earn both fame and money.
Cons of Dental Youtuber:
- You get so addicted to it that you stop doing clinical practice.
- Takes time and effort(But it’s worth the hard work).
11) Dental Blogging: This is What I am doing right now
I think you know what is blogging. If you don’t please google it. This is the same way I am earning right now. I love to suggest this option after BDS as I myself earning from dental blogging. What I did is, I created a blog for dentists and dental students and share articles, videos, news, etc which are searched by a lot of people on Google. I get paid by Google, sponsors, affiliates, etc. If you have patience and ready to work hard then dental blogging will make a super career for you.
After your graduation, you can join any dental clinic where there will be excellent patient exposure and share your cases and opinions as videos and articles online and earn a living from it. This is one of the super options after BDS. You can teach, learn and earn.
12) Dental Tourism: Can I Make a Living out of it?
Dental tourism is a branch of medical tourism. This also one of my favorite options after BDS. If you work hard and market it wisely you can easily earn over a lakh if you treat a single patient. In the US, the UK, Canada, and European countries dental plans or treatments are very expensive.
A Root canal treatment in the US costs a minimum of $600 or Rs.30,000 whereas in India it ranges from $20-$40 or Rs.2,000. So here is the catch. If you market and get international patients to treat then you can just imagine how much you can earn. And no tourist comes to India alone they travel as a couple or family, that is 3x income. It completely depends on you and you alone. You should make a perfect plan for starting a dental tourism company and I think you will love the options after BDS here.
13) Clinical Research: Yes, there is a future in it!
You heard it, right fellas. You can make a career out of clinical research. But the information regarding clinical research after BDS is limited. As of my research, hospitals like Appolo, Fortis, etc are recruiting clinical researchers and it’s true that they are paid well in European countries. I had written a detailed post based on the information I collected both online and offline. You can read in detail about clinical research after BDS here.
These are the best career options after BDS I found after my complete research and experience. If I get to know about any other opportunities after BDS, I will surely update it here. If you have any other opinions on the career options after doing dentistry you are free to share through comments below. If you feel this post is worth sharing, do share with your fellow dentists and help them have a great dental career.
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