The job is suited for people with manual dexterity and technical aptitude who have an interest in the welfare of others and want to relieve clients’ pain and restore their self-confidence.
$65k-$120k (dentists with up to five years’ experience); $150k-$212k (very experienced dentists)
The pay also depends on the location and the size of the practice.
To become a dentist you will need to study at Otago University since this is the only university in New Zealand that offers a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Before entering the course you have to complete the university’s Health Sciences First Year programme.
What education is required?
To enter tertiary training you need NCEA Level 3. Subjects that might be helpful for this career are maths, chemistry, physics, biology and English.
Other things you need to know
In this job you have to be able to build relationships and relate to a wide range of people. Since many patients have fears about dentist visits, you should have a sympathetic manner.
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It is essential that you can adhere to strict hygienic regulations.
You have to be able to work well under pressure and maintain intense concentration for prolonged periods.
In order to be able to do your work well, you need good eyesight and a good hand-eye co-ordination.
As a dentist you usually work regular business hours but there might be some exceptions.
Before you can start your work as a dentist you have to be registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand.
Where could I work?
The job as a dentist takes place in offices and surgeries in private practices, hospitals or community health centres. However, you could also be employed by the Army or work in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Otago.