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There are a great variety of dental career options open to dental graduates, however there are broadly two main career paths you can follow. These webpages and our podcasts give you an insight into these different options, along with other roles in dentistry.
​​Becoming a dentist

New podcast

Over six episodes we explore the unlimited, unknown and maybe even unexpected opportunities that qualifying as a dentist opens up to you. Andrea Ogden GDP chats to dental professionals from across the UK about the paths they took that changed the course of their careers - covering the topics you told us you wanted.

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​​Becoming a dentist

​​Becoming a dentist

Currently studying to become a dentist or think a career in dentistry may be for you? Here’s what you need to know.

​​After graduation

​​After graduation

From foundation and core training to postgrad qualifications - what comes next.

General practice

General practice

Work in the NHS, private sector, corporate, or specialist areas.

Salaried services

Salaried services

Hospitals, community dentistry, public health, academia, and armed forces all come under the salaried services umbrella.

Other options

Other career options

These include having a portfolio career or working in implant dentistry, prisons, volunteering or working abroad.

​Getting the job

​Getting the job

​Present your CV the right way and get tips and training on interview skills.

Starting out

​Starting out

From financial planning to contract checking, tips for both new and experienced dentists.

Career blog posts

​Career blog posts

​Read our career blog posts to get an insight into what it's really like working in dentistry roles.

​Career Guide

​Career guide

​Written for BDA student members, this guide is designed to help you with your future career choices.


​First Job guide

Aimed at final year dental students with advice and tips on CVs and job interviews.