Dentistry has long been a profession dominated by men. However, it appears that may be about to change. According to the Journal of Dental Education, female enrollment has increased in dental schools across the nation. The reason for enrollment for women rising appears to be due to increasing class sizes in preexisting schools.
According to Bryan Cook, PhD, co-author of the study, the reason that more women are looking to become dentists may be because it offers people the opportunity to take care of others. The field of dentistry also offers a very competitive salary and the ability to set your own schedule, thus providing a healthy work/life balance.
The number of male students applying to dental school has steadily been declining over the past four years, while the number of female students has been on the rise. In 2014 it was almost a 50/50 split of men and women applying for dental school, while in 2000 there were 19% more men. There are still more men applying in 2014, but only by 2%. Four of the schools that participated in the study actually had more than 60% women in their dental programs.
The driving force behind this surge of women into the dentistry field is also a reflection of what is happening in education in general. Women are now more likely to have a bachelor’s degree than men for the first time in 75 years. Women also account for over 50% of graduate and professional school enrollment.
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