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Jacqueline Bedolla
6th period

As of September 2018, the average calculated salary for a dentist is $151,370, but
it is typically ranged between $135,165 - $ 177,009.

Education, certification, skills, and the amount of time spent in the profession
affect the salary amount.
Education Requirements

➔ Bachelor's degree prior in entering dental school

➔ Doctoral degree in dental medicine/surgery
➔ Completion of residency (for some)
Entry Level Positions & Opportunities for
➔ After receiving a degree as a dentist or dental hygienist, students can look into
other aspects of dental administration (As shown in the table below)
Job Title Median Salary Job Growth Education

Orthodontists $208,000 or more 19% D.D.S or post doctoral


Oral and Maxillofacial $208,000 or more 19% D.D.S and

Surgeons postdoctoral training
or M.D.

prosthodontists $185, 050 19% D.D.S and

postdoctoral degree

Medical scientists $82, 090 19% D.DS. and doctoral

Nature of the Work

Dentists will diagnose and treat problems with the patient's teeth or gums. Some
duties that a dentists does are as follows:

➔ Examine patients x-rays of teeth, gums, the jaw, and nearby areas
➔ Place sealants or whitening agents on teeth
➔ Repair cracked or fractured teeth and remove teeth
➔ Administer anesthetics to keep patients from feeling pain during procedures
Working Conditions

When working as a dentist you spend all your time being inside. The conditions of
the environment all vary as well.

Full- time dentist

➔ Works approximately 36 hours per week

➔ The schedule for a dentist is flexible

Part- time dentist

➔ Works approximately 22-25 hours a week

Occupational Outlook

The growth of a dentist has been projected to grow by 16% by the end of 2018. The
demand for dental care has increased dramatically over the years. The demand for
dental services follows the business cycle, if the economy begins to slow down then
the demand for dental care will begin to decrease.
Advantages & Disadvantages
Advantage Disadvantage

➔ Helping people have a better ➔ Working long hours

smile ➔ Taking 8 years in school
➔ Having a good salary ➔ Challenging patients
➔ Be your own boss ➔ Build of stress from work
➔ There is high demand for dental
Personal Skills

➔ Problem solving skills

➔ Leadership
➔ Communication skills
➔ Strong work ethic

Reasons why I like this occupation:

❏ Help others have a nice smile

❏ Good pay
❏ I can manage my own dental office
Things to do Now to Help Prepare for Later

➔ Prepare for college

◆ Take SAT and ACT
◆ Apply to colleges
➔ Look into internships at a dental office
➔ Do research on dentistry
◆ Look into the types of things a dentist does
◆ Find other fields that are under dentistry (hygienist, assistant, etc.)



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