Career avenues after BDS!

Last updated Feb 1, 2024

Last updated Feb 1, 2024

After crossing a milestone of graduation, every student wonders what to do next.  Here are some guidelines for a dental graduate which will help him/her out in his/her career path. Following are the career opportunities after B.D.S:

Advanced Study:

Gaining a higher education is always a win. A Masters degree can be a great career option and you can pursue advanced knowledge in the stream. The right way to go if you want to join academics!

What should we do to get admission for MDS?

Students looking forward to seeking admission for master’s in dental surgery (MDS) must apply for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) conducted by The National Board of Examinations (NBE). NEET is conducted for the dental graduate to get admission for MDS in various dental and government colleges across the country.


A Clinical Researcher is a challenging job in the healthcare industry. Different roles such a clinical investigator, analyst, medical scientist are massive growth potential for a BDS graduate.


If you neither want to apply for MDS nor open a private clinic, you can apply for the job as a lecturer in government or private dental colleges. There are a number of colleges across the country where a BDS can teach dental students. You don’t require a master’s degree to be a lecturer.

Opportunities Abroad:

If you are planning to set your career abroad, there are countries like USA, Canada, UK and Gulf which have opportunities for you. For that, you must go through the entrance examination of the respective country.

Government Job:

Government hospitals conduct different entrance exams to hire dentists. Other government bodies such as Armed force, Railways, Navy, Forensic department, Civil services also recruit dentists for their service.

Private Practice:

This is an inevitable choice that most graduates make. Private Practice may not earn a lot initially but eventually there will be monetary growth.

Government/Private sector industries in oral care products:

The Manufacturers in oral care products have job openings for a BDS for the suitable post.

Hospital Management:

Graduates looking forth as a career in hospital administrator can apply for Healthcare Management or Hospital administration. It is a two-year management course or a year diploma course in healthcare management. Hospitals require administrators belonging to the healthcare department and this is one of the best options for growth as a leader.

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Author Bio: Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali is the Co-Founder and Chief Dental Surgeon at scanO (formerly DentalDost). A recipient of the Pierre Fauchard International Merit Award, she is a holistic dentist who believes that everyone should have access to oral healthcare, irrespective of class and geography. She strongly believes that tele-dentistry is the way to achieve that. Dr. Vidhi has also spoken at various dental colleges, addressing the dental fraternity about dental services and innovations. She is a keen researcher and has published various papers on recent advances in dentistry.

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