Updated: Aug 5, 2020
5 Reasons Why You Should Work as a Dentist In The Germany
Perhaps you are considering a career abroad, and you are still trying to figure out which country is the best for your future as a dentist. What makes a country the right environment for you to start or continue your career? Maybe the Germany is one of the options on the table, but it can be difficult to find correct and up-to-date information. In this blog, I will give you 12 reasons why the Germany is an attractive option for you as a dentist.
1. Plenty of vacancies and a big shortage of dentists The Germany has been dealing with a shortage of dentists for years, and the end is not in sight. Many dentists are expected to retire in the coming few years, and there simply are not enough fresh graduates to fill their shoes. This makes it difficult for German dentists to find new colleagues. In order to keep German dentistry healthy and patients happy, we depend on dentists who come from elsewhere out of Europe to take these jobs. Dentists such as you. With the call for new dentists only increasing, you will find career opportunities in the Germany for years to come!
2. High quality of dentistry The Germany is known for having a strong healthcare system in the world , and this also extends to dentistry. It is home to many modern clinics where a wide range of treatments is offered. Contrary to some other countries, dentists in the Germany work with an assistant. Patients generally visit the dentist twice per year for a check-up. This means that dentists have busy schedules. It is not an exception to see 15-25 patients per day, although the presence of an assistant will allow the dentists to dedicate themselves fully to the quality of the treatment. This focus on efficiency and quality allows young dentists to quickly gain work experience while also developing themselves as professionals.
Due to German dentistry having a reputation of high quality, it is also something that patients have come to expect. But it is also this expectation that makes them more willing to pay for the best treatment. Concretely, this means that you will not just be doing fillings and extractions all day, but also treatments in fields such as prosthetics, endodontics and implantology. This variety allows for a high monthly turnover and, with that, high salaries.
3. (Young) Dentist are respected In the Germany , dentistry is seen as a cornerstone of healthcare. By visiting the dentist for regular check-ups, an important basis for the patient’s general health – oral health – is safeguarded. Dental healthcare is important to patients, and they trust that you are able to give them the best treatment. Age is not an issue; if you are able to get a clear picture of the needs of the patient and provide them with a fitting treatment, the patient will go home satisfied. A satisfied patient feels confident in your expertise, and will return to your clinic for the next check-up. Of course, communication and a good command of the German language are an essential part of providing quality dental care.
4. Fixed costs The costs of dental treatments in the Germany are fixed. This means that there is no competition in the area of pricing, and clinics are not able to promote their business with free treatments or other special offers. As a dentist, you can truly set yourself apart in terms of quality. When you provide good healthcare, patients will reward this by returning to your clinic for the next check-up or treatment.
5. Good working conditions – A stable balance between life and work Being a dentist is among the best-paying jobs in the Germany. This means a good starting salary for young dentists, along with the perspective to grow considerably. None of this goes at the cost of a healthy balance between work and life. From dentists who work in other countries, I often hear stories about how they work 10 to 12-hour days (50 hours a week) for the same salary. This is not an issue in the Germany. The average work day lasts for 8 hours, and a full-time job amounts to 38-40 hours per week. There is plenty of time left for a life outside of your career, such as friends, family, sports and social activities.
Are you curious about your own opportunities in German Dentistry? IDGS can help you! Have a look at our Programs to discover more about how we can work with you and help you start a dentistry career in the Germany. Contact Us if you are interested or have any questions