What After BDS? 17 Career Opportunities After BDS

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Everybody these days are confused for career options after bds.

This is true that many people take bds, because they couldn't get into MBBS, similar is my story.

Not everyone wants to practice dentistry. So if you are reading this post, you must be someone who doesn't want to do MDS, or even if you want to do clinical dentistry, you might want to go abroad.

Let's face it, plain BDS in India has no value..if you dont have your own clinic setup.

So here's some of the career options after bds, that you probably didnt knew about.

1) MSc Options After BDS.

If you dont want to do MDS, you can opt for MSc options after bds. MSc is available in foreign countries in both clinical and non clinical subjects. If you want to pursue MSc in clinical subjects, it is virtually same as MDS, but you can opt for non clinical subjects like public health...(It's not public health dentistry)

2) Work in Army as a bds graduate.

Do you know you can earn more than 60,000/- monthly if you work as a bds graduate in army. This is a wonderful career option, imagine being paid only Rs.2000 to Rs. 10,000/- after bds.

If you are wondering how do i get into army..?

You have to crack NEET MDS, and apply into army. You'll get a interview call.

Once you are done with the interview, they'll conduct a thorough full body exam. 

If you pass all this, you can work in army as a bds graduate.

Some more info..You can take SSC (Short Service Comission) in army, which is for 5 years.

In the 2nd year of SSC, you can apply for permanent commission which is for 20 years. That means you have to serve the army for 20 years before you can leave.

If you want to do MDS from army college, you have to take up permanent commission as a bds, after 8 years of service in the army, again give NEET MDS.. Once you crack NEET MDS, you'll directly be offered a MDS seat.

Every year your salary will increase if you can get into army as a bds graduate.

Ultimate criteria for many people is earning, which this job will help you achieve.

3) Learn Dentistry From USA & Canada

Remember your degree is not valid in the USA. You have to crack NBDE Part- I and NBDE Part -II.

Once you qualify NBDE you can apply to Universities in USA. But it is not that easy to get selected, since they check your CV, apart from bds do you have any US experience?

Getting into USA is very difficult..

But once you go there, you can either study DDS or Opt for Masters.

In Canada you have to clear NDEB..

Canada is relatively easier to enter compared to USA.

4) Get into clinical research

One of the options after bds is clinical research. There are many universities offering you clinical research degree.

Honestly not many will pay for clinical research in India. But you do have a scope outside India.

5) Go for 1 year courses

This is a very good option for those who dont want to spend 3 more years doing their MDS. So 1 year options is a really great one.

You can learn courses like

  1. Aesthetic Dentistry
  2. Implants
  3. Forensic Odontology
  4. Special Care Dentistry
  5. FDS (Fellowship in Dental Surgery) in Prosthodontics, Orthodontics and other clinical dental subjects offered by Saveetha Dental College, Chennai.

You can check out websites of these universities for further details

  • Saveetha Dental College, Chennai
  • Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College, Navi Mumbai & Pune
  • KLE Dental College, Belgaum
  • AB Shetty Dental College
  • Manipal Dental College

They have wonderful options for 1 year courses.

6) Go for 2 year M.S. Implantology course

Saveetha dental college is the only college in India, which offers MS Implantology course. Check out their official website for more details

7) Get MSc. In Preclinical Subjects

There are some universities in India, which are offering MSc in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology etc.

Check out SRM Dental college, website for further information.

8) Study Dental Sleep Medicine

Dental Sleep Medicine is an exciting upcoming field which will help you treat patients who cannot sleep due to dental and orofacial pain

9) Study Orofacial Pain

Orofacial Pain is an exciting option after bds. You can google about postgraduate options in orofacial pain

10) Study Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentistry is a very good career option after bds. As laser therapy is painless and doesn't cause much discomfort and it is easily accepted by your patients.

MSc in Laser Dentistry is offered by R. Aachen University Germany, you can google for more information.

Another course in Laser Dentistry is offered by Manipal University

11) Study Facial Aesthetics

Facial Aesthetics is a great career option which includes botox, fillers and clinical facial cosmetology after bds.

12) Work in Gulf Countries

You can go to Dubai & Other Gulf countries after your bds. You have to pass a licensing exam after bds.

You need to atleast have an experience of 2-5 years. You can expect a decent salary ofcourse.

13) Diploma Courses

There are a few diploma courses available if you want to pursue like Conscious Sedation in Dentistry and many others.

14) PhD

There are some universities in the UK, who offer postgraduate research degrees, when you pass out, you get a PhD. This is a great career option ahead.

15) Last..Go for typical MDS

16) Practice Dental Hypnotherapy (Hypnodontics)

17) Setup your own clinic

If nothing works for you, think about your own clinic.

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Now Talking About Salary

If you are a plain BDS and want to do job somewhere, expect a pay anywhere from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 10,000

If you setup your own clinic, then expect your earnings ranging from Rs. 50,000 to a few lakhs monthly, depending upon the patient flow, your charges, clinic locality etc.

If you are MDS and join some institution expect anywhere from Rs. 30,000 and above as starting pay. Experienced MDS people do earn more than 1 lakh rupees monthly after joining institutions, that varies.

Hope this helps...

If you know more career options apart from these, do mention them in the comments section below.

I am in no way a promoter of the above said universities. These are just the options i found out, when i was trying to research for career opportunities after BDS apart from MDS.

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Dr. Harpreet Singh

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