If you are a practicing dentist considering careers beyond traditional practice, you’re in good company. Many clinicians look for alternatives to the daily demands of caring for patients and running a practice. Others are intrigued by the challenges of academia, research, product development and more.
If clinical dentistry has been your only career, you may want to pause and assess your strengths, preferences and goals before you move forward. Dental school graduates considering alternative careers can benefit from this step, too. Having a clear picture of your values and priorities will help you find the career that’s right for you. See five examples of dentists using their degrees in unique ways.