DENTISTS in Southern California are more likely to be employed in the dental industry than dentists in other parts of the country.
A survey released Wednesday found that dentists are more than twice as likely as dental assistants and nursing assistants to be full-time employees.
The report was based on a survey of more than 6,000 residents of Riverside, Los Angeles and Ventura counties conducted by the Los Angeles Times.
Dentists make up 14.6% of the California population, according to the report.
A study conducted by a California nonprofit in 2016 found that the percentage of dentists with graduate degrees was about 50% higher than the overall dental population.
The survey found that of the 3.9 million residents of the Los Angles region, only about a third had completed a college degree.
California is the second-most populous state in the nation after New York.
The Times found that in the region, there are more dental graduates than dental assistants.
There are about 3,500 dental schools in the Los Angelas area.
The survey said about 9,000 of them have a total of about 1,000 graduates.
The other 6,600 schools had less than 500 graduates.
The average dental school graduate in the Southern California area earned $60,000 annually, according the report, which also showed that there are about 4,200 dentists who are certified to practice in California, and about 2,000 dental assistants in the state.
“The more graduates we have, the more we have the opportunity to do the job of dentistry, which is to be a part of the dentistry community,” said Dr. Kevin DeMoro, a dentist in South Pasadena, who is the chair of the dental program at Los Angeles County College of Dentistry.
In addition to the dental schools, dentists have jobs in many other fields.
About 80% of dentist jobs are in the private sector, including dentists, dentifrice, dentist assistant, assistant dentists and nurse practitioners, according a study released last year by the American Dental Association.
Dentistry is the most common medical specialty in California.
According to the survey, dental students earned a total median salary of $73,000, and dental assistants earned $70,000.
Nearly 90% of students had graduated high school.
About 65% of graduates had been in the industry at least 10 years, and more than 50% had been dentists for more than 10 years.
Read more about dentistry:The study was conducted by an agency that conducts surveys on health-care employment, education and economic development.