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Table 3 Factors influencing the specialty of choice, expressed as the median for each nationality, among a group of senior dental students at Jordan University of Science and Technology (n = 227)

From: Career perspectives of senior dental students from different backgrounds at a single Middle Eastern institution

Factor Nationality
Jordanians Malaysians Gulf states Syrians, Iraqi and Palestinians Others
Personal desire 4(strong) 4(strong) 4(strong) 5(strong) 4(strong)
Financial motives (anticipated income) 3(moderate) 3(moderate) 4(strong) 4(strong) 3(moderate)
Reputation of specialty* 3(moderate) 3(moderate) 3(moderate) 4(strong) 3(moderate)
Length of training 3(moderate) 3(moderate) 4(strong) 4(strong) 3(moderate)
Affordability (tuition/training fee) 4(strong) 3(moderate) 4(strong) 3(moderate) 4(strong)
Flexible working time 3(moderate) 4(strong) 3(moderate) 3(moderate) 3(moderate)
Low stress level 3(moderate) 4(strong) 3(moderate) 3(moderate) 3(moderate)
Other’s influence 2(weak) 3(moderate) 2(weak) 2(weak) 2(weak)
  1. One way ANOVA and post hoc tests,*P < 0.05