Use your subject

Clinical Dentistry

Think about what 'using your subject' means to you and what you're really looking for. Do you want to apply your subject-specific knowledge or skills to the real world? Or maybe you want to continue to practice and develop these skills? Maybe it's a broader interest in your subject that you want to keep alive by working in a relevant type of organisation?

As a start, use the resources below to create your own list of career ideas to research.

Remember that the vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject.

  • Look at what alumni from your department have done using the DLHE data we collect and through the University of Sheffield alumni page on LinkedIn.
  • Search for and contact alumni in your subject through our Graduate case studies database.
  • Browse the career ideas for Clinical Dentistry graduates on Prospects but keep in mind that these are not a comprehensive list of all the careers related to your subject.
  • Brainstorm ideas and do some initial investigation to find out about research, organisations, start-ups, government bodies and freelancers connected to your subject.

Some career options

Our information resources - Occupations section is a good place to start to explore the following occupational areas. However you are not restricted to these and you should also consider any other additional factors which are important to you for your future career using our Understand yourself and your options section.

Dental hygienist/Dental therapist

Advise patients about oral hygiene and caring for their teeth, providing treatments to prevent oral problems, including cleaning and polishing teeth. Dental therapists, with relevant training, can also perform a number of other procedures on patients. Work can be in general dental practices, hospitals, or within the community.

Use our Occupations section Dentistry for more information and links to useful websites.

Dental materials engineer / scientist

Researches, designs and develops materials to advance dental technologies and products. They work with a range of different materials seeking to improve the performance and effectiveness of products and manufacturing processes. Postgraduate study is likely to be necessary, and for research and development roles, a PhD may be particularly advantageous.

Use our Occupations section Dentistry for more information and links to useful websites.

Dental technician / technologist

Use various materials to design and construct dental appliances to meet individual patient’s needs. They work in laboratory settings and create unique devices that are comfortable and effective for the patient. This requires fine motor skills to work by hand as well as the training and skills to use specialised technical equipment.

Use our Occupations section Dentistry for more information and links to useful websites.


Treats problems affecting a patient's mouth and teeth, providing advice on oral healthcare. Most dentists work in high street dental practices but there are also roles in community centres, clinics and hospitals, and in non-clinical work in the public health sector.

Use our Occupations section Dentistry for more information and links to useful websites.

Health promotion specialist

Helps people to improve their own health and increase their control over it. The roles in health promotion vary from advising individuals, or developing and implementing health education policies, to establishing programmes that promote healthy lifestyles and running campaigns.

Although a specialist health promotion qualification may not always be necessary, a relevant one in health education or public health may be required by some employers, especially for senior posts or positions involving staff or project management.

Use our Occupations section Health for more information and links to useful websites.

Health service / dental practice manager

Manages the cost, delivery and quality of health care, contributing to the strategic and day-to-day administration of services delivered in hospitals and community-based health centres and clinics, including many dental practices.

Managers need to be able to communicate with clinical and non-clinical staff and other organisations, while implementing national and local health policy as appropriate. A relevant management qualification may be useful or advantageous.

Use our Occupations section Business, administration and public sector for more information and links to useful websites.

Medical sales representative

Representatives (often known as 'reps') sell health/dental care companies' products to customers including dentists, doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. You will promote your company's dental and/or pharmaceutical and medical products to new and existing customers, and seek to meet set sales targets while being responsible for maintaining good commercial relations with your clients.

Use our Occupations section Purchasing, supply and retail for more information and links to useful websites.

Science writer

Researches and writes scientific news and other articles for a range of business and professional publications, specialist scientific journals, and the general news media. To do this, they need to understand complex information and theories and be able to write in clear and accurate language that can be understood by the intended audience which may be scientists, medical professionals or the general public.

While some writers work in scientific journalism and write for a general audience, others in scientific communications write for a more specialist technical/scientific audience.

Use our Occupations section Scientific information and outreach for more information and links to useful websites.