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Old 07-26-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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I was interested in being one and even talked to someone who has it as their career and she told me that although it only takes 2 years to obtain the degree, she doesn't make that much money, that she doesn't work that many hours, she has to work a second job to supplement that one, that it was hard to find a job, and she wished she would have just gone for dentistry. I wonder if what she told me is true or if this is just an exaggeration. I would love to be a dentist, but that's 8 years of college and grad school. I am 26, have 2 kids, I don't have thousands of dollars for college (although I could find a way, I'm sure). It's just that 8 years seems like a long time. I'll be 35 by the time I'm done. My oldest will be 16 by then. What would be the smartest path? What are your thoughts?

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Old 07-28-2011, 11:38 AM
 
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There were lots of people in my class over the age 30 when the graduated. Heck, I started dental school when I was 28. The hygiene market is flooded right now, not many dentists are hiring, if at all, and if they are it's only part-time. And going to dental school is alot of money and it's getting more and more expensive each year. Try the hygiene, see if you like it, it's not a bad part-time job if you have a family.
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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The job market is for DHs is really oversaturated now and probably will be more many more years to come. The jobs that are available have had their pay drastically watered down due to the huge supply of graduating DHs.

Before the massive influx of graduates, it was a good paying career where a new DH graduate could easily start of making at least 60K / year. These days, assuming you a DH can full time work, starting pay could be as low $30 / year. I know people stocking shelves at Home Depot for that kind of money.
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Dental jobs are not the in thing to have when the economy is down. I know a couple Dentist and one of the first things people cut is having dental work done. Also when people have insurance they may visit the dentist, but when they are working part time, not working, or are concerned about finances they will drop visiting the dentist.
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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Dental schools are more expensive than medical schools right now and just as competitive to get into. Tuition at many schools are $50k a year.

And you need really high grades and scores to get into dental school.

With two kids already it's probably not a good idea to consider dental school when you don't even have an undergrad degree.
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