Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Military Career

General Information

Description

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects, and to improve function or appearance. They treat various diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. They also cover a much broader scope of practice, including cleft and craniofacial disorders, oral cancer, jaw reconstruction, snoring and sleep apnea, dental implants, and facial cosmetic surgery.  These surgeons also treat and repair oral and maxillofacial injuries sustained in combat.

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Work Environment

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons work in hospitals and dental clinics on land and aboard ships.

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

Comparable Industries

  • Offices of Dentists
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Offices of Physicians
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in the Military

345

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Salary

Average Salary

$134,815

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 72%
  • Doctoral degree 19%
  • First professional degree 7%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have a doctorate degree in dental medicine or dental surgery. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons who participate in military-sponsored residency programs receive renowned education. All dentists in the Military gain exposure to nearly every major facet of dentistry in a wide range of healthcare environments. Like other healthcare officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, the military health system, and leadership development. Preventive dentistryDental office proceduresRadiology (X-ray) techniquesDental hygiene procedures

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Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Biology
  • English Language

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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