Dr Meena (name changed) is a BDS graduate. But unlike her classmates she decided to not pursue a career in dentistry. Instead she joined a BPO. Reason: Being a dentist would have fetched her a miserable Rs 2,000 monthly salary against Rs 8,000 plus she is earning at her BPO job.
Meena is not alone. Many fresh BDS graduates are hanging up their white coats and opting for better-paying jobs. Even those are not easy to come by. When they do, it is to work as tutors, medical transcriptionists and in health insurance agencies.
BDS graduates are being squeezed out of the ‘dental’ market as the preference is for those with post-graduate degrees. But PG seats are too few and too expensive to fund. Mushrooming colleges have also led to a flood of new BDS graduates with poor job prospects.
BDS degree holders whom TOI spoke with said they preferred to take non-dental jobs that came their way instead of remaining unemployed. They admitted that they were unhappy with such jobs but salary was a deciding factor.
Source : POOR PAY FOR DENTISTS
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