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What kind of job does someone get while they're in dental school?

Do they get something related to dentistry? And if they do, how do they get hired without graduating from dental school first?

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I agree with Dr. Pinney, it is unusual for students to have a second job (as I considered dental school a full time +). When beginning undergraduate training, you usually take 12-18 hours of classes, however in my first semester of dental school we took the equivalency of about 50 hours of school. The joke is that it's like drinking through a fire hose. Between classes, laboratory projects, studying, and making sure you keep up with something outside of it all to keep your head on straight, I would not have been able to sustain a regular job.

However in the last year or two, coursework slowed down and I got better at managing the clinical portion, studying, laboratory work and my extracurriculars. Some people worked as property assistants at their apartment complexes, some found positions as dental assistants, and others like me volunteered to do dental work on inmates at the local prison. All in all, you start to gain your stride the longer you're in it, but trying to get a regular job would be a real stretch until then.

Good luck, you've chosen a great career to help people have healthy smiles!

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Most students don't have a job while in dental school. Dental school is rather intense and you need to think of it as a full-time job. Most likely, you will be at the School from 8:00-5:00 and often you will be there late into the evenings. It's possible to have a job on the weekends, but that sometimes cuts into study or research time. I would plan to approach dental school with the idea that you won't have time for a job.