Dentists, General

General Information

Description

Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Self-employed57.31%
  2. Private, for profit33.12%
  3. Private, not for profit4.58%
  4. Federal government2.78%
  5. State and local government1.76%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Offices of Dentists
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Offices of Physicians

Job Outlook

Overall employment of dentists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for dental services will increase as the population ages. Many members of the aging baby-boom generation will need dental work. Because those in each generation are more likely to keep their teeth than those in past generations, more dental care will be needed in the years to come. In addition, there will be increased demand for complicated dental work, including dental implants and bridges. The risk of oral cancer increases significantly with age, and complications can require both cosmetic and functional dental reconstruction. Demand for dentists’ services will increase as studies continue to link oral health to overall health. They will need to provide care and instruction aimed at promoting good oral hygiene, rather than just providing treatments such as fillings.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$145,590

Military salary*

$115,853

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State-by-state Salary

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$208,000+
$60,730
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Doctoral degree 81%
  • Some college 7%
  • Master's degree 5%
  • Associate's degree 5%
  • High school 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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