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Table 4 Distribution (%) of the responses by Nigerian senior dental students (n = 179) to the presented career preferences, and the mean scores given to each item

From: Study motives, career choices and interest in paediatric dentistry among final year dental students in Nigeria

Statements  Mean score Frequency (%) of choices
0 1 2 3 4 5
Solo practitioner in a private office 1.80 35.8 15.6 14.5 13.4 8.4 12.3
Shareholder in an incorporated practice 2.22 34.6 7.8 11.2 12.9 14.5 19.0
On salary in a government organisation 2.44 26.3 12.9 10.1 13.4 16.2 21.3
On salary/commission in a private organization 1.97 32.4 15.1 12.3 15.6 12.3 12.3
Work in the primary health care System 2.00 34.6 15.6 8.9 14.0 14.0 12.9
work or study in the field of oral public health 1.85 40.2 12.3 6.7 17.3 9.5 14.0
Be a researcher in dentistry 1.98 36.3 12.3 10.6 12.9 13.4 14.5
Entering a postgraduate programme 3.08 22.9 3.9 6.2 12.9 17.9 36.3