Orthodontists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Using the latest equipment and techniques, orthodontists examine, diagnose, treat, or prescribe treatment of the growing and mature dentofacial structures, to include movement of teeth. They often use braces and aligners to set service members’ and their family members’ teeth.

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Work Environment

Orthodontists 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

Orthodontists in the Military

69

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Salary

Average Salary

$152,750

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 92%
  • Doctoral 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%
  • First professional degree 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. Orthodontists have a doctorate degree in dental medicine or dental surgery. Orthodontists who participate in military-sponsored residency programs receive renowned education. Like other healthcare officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, the military health system, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Preventive dentistryDental office proceduresRadiology (X-ray) techniquesDental hygiene procedures

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Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Biology
  • English Language
  • Sales and Marketing

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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