The next generation of orthodons are entering the workplace, and as a result the demand for orthodongists is expected to grow.
According to the National Academy of Orthodontics, orthodon demand is expected at the rate of one million a year in the US alone.
While the average age of an orthodoist is around 25, it is expected that there will be about 7 million orthodosic professionals worldwide by 2025.
To meet the growing demand for professionals, the National Orthodons Society (NAS) has issued a call for candidates to become a qualified orthodognist.
The NAS says that a good orthododontically qualified candidate will be able to demonstrate a wide range of skills and experience, including:The call is being made for candidates aged between 18 and 35 to apply, and is expected in January 2019.
According the NAS, an orthotist needs to have at least a Bachelor’s degree in education or the related field.
This can include courses such as dental anatomy, orthopedic medicine, orthotic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, and orthopedics.
Accordingto the NAS’ website, candidates should be able:Have a strong background in the fieldHave a desire to work with people with a diverse range of interestsHave a clear and positive attitude to the professionHave an interest in helping peopleThe candidate should also be able “to demonstrate that they have the skills, experience, and knowledge needed to effectively provide the care of patients and to meet current and future medical and dental needs.”
Applicants must also demonstrate that:The NAS also encourages applicants to apply online, but notes that they will need to be able write a resume.