Table 1

Overview of motivations for students entering dentistry found in previous studies

Country of StudyPrimary Motivations Found in StudyFirst Author, Year
IndiaJob security, financial benefit, work independenceAggarwal, 2012
SyriaMeans to achieve personal goals, employment abroadMashlah, 2012
IranWork independence, social factorsVahid Dastjerdi, 2012
IranGeneral interest in medicine, prestigeBaharvand, 2011
BrazilJob conceptionFreire, 2011
JapanFamily expectationsKaribe, 2009
SwedenAltruismKaribe, 2009
South AfricaJob securityLalloo, 2008
United StatesInspired by family dentistHawley, 2008
JordanPrestige, altruismAl-Bitar, 2008
IranAltruism, intellectual challenge, social status, job securityKhami, 2008
United KingdomGood quality of life, professional status, financial benefit, job security, flexibilityGallagher, 2008
Japan, Canada, ThailandInterpersonal motives, altruism, academic interestKaribe, 2007
NigeriaFamily influence, interest, prestige, employmentOrenuga, 2006
United StatesFinancial benefit, altruism, flexibilityScarbecz, 2002
United KingdomStatus, job security, regular hours, independenceCrossley, 2002
TunisiaPrestige, job securityMaatouk, 2001
IrelandEase of employment, self-employment, regular hoursHallissey, 2000
AustraliaAltruism, independence, job satisfaction, financial securityBrand, 1996
South AfricaImage of the profession to achieve personal goalsChikte, 1992
  • Note: See references for full citations of studies.