Play a leading role in the Australian healthcare sector and build in-demand professional skills by studying a dentistry course.
Dentistry course graduates usually work as dentists, and may work in small teams with other dental professionals to provide holistic dental care to patients. As a dentist, you can expect to perform tasks like:
Due to the small-scale nature of private practice, dentists may find themselves taking on a broad range of management and administrative duties in addition to the technical requirements of practicing dental care. With this experience, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to build skills in administration, customer service, scheduling, and database management, and develop the ability to work effectively in both teams and in independent work.
Graduates of dentistry courses usually work as dentists, and may seek employment in private practice, hospital or clinic settings. After completing a dentistry course, you may work as a:
You’ll thrive working in dentistry if you:
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook anticipates modest growth in job opportunities in the dental industry in the next few years. Currently employing approximately 10,300 dentists, the industry is expected to grow to employ approximately 11,200 people by 2020.
While growth in job opportunities has contracted slightly over the past decade, the Australian Government recently removed the dental profession from the list of professions seeking skilled migrants after lobbying from the Australian Dental Association, indicating more employment opportunities will be available in the future.
A dentist in Australia can expect to earn between $53,000 and $185,000 per year, with most earning around $98,000, according to PayScale. PayScale notes a positive relationship between experience and earning capacity, and identifies that dentists’ earning potential peaks after practitioners have been working for approximately 20 years, before declining slightly in later years.