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  • April 20, 2021

Study shows women dentists gaining in workforce


Data show proportion of dentists who are women increased from 24% in 2010 to nearly 35% in 2020, according to the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute.

"Dental school enrollment is now 50-50 gender split, so that is the main reason why we are seeing more dentists who are women in the workforce," said Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., chief economist and vice president of the Health Policy Institute. "The gender shift is not unique to dentistry at all. In fact, the majority of the U.S. labor force is now women."

Data from the Health Policy Institute show the percentage of dental school graduates who are women grew from 46% to 50.6% between 2009 and 2019 and the percentage of dentists in the workforce who are women grew from 24.1% to 34.5% between 2010 and 2020.

The workforce increase is expected to continue for several more years, based on the growth seen in female dental school graduates, according to HPI.

"We are going to see a steady increase in women in dentistry," Dr. Vujicic said. "HPI predicts the dentist workforce will reach gender parity by 2040." Read more