Dentist

Health Science

Job Duties/Responsibilites

  • Examine,diagnose,and treat patients' teeth.
  • Remove decay from teeth and fill cavities.
  • Repaired cracked or fractured teeth and remove teeth.
  • Straighten teeth to correct bite issues.
  • Provides advice and information on taking care of teeth and gums.

Work Environment

  • Dentists usually work in offices indoor.
  • Some dentists own their own businesses and work alone or with a small staff.
  • They wear masks,gloves,and safety glasses to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases.

Days and Hours Worked

  • Fulltime dentists spends at least 36 hours per week.
  • 7-10 hours per day,except when emergencies arise,which can lengthen the work day.

Starting Salary and Salary Range With Experience

  • Starting salary per hour:$80.
  • Experience per year:$187,200.

Education/Training Required

  • Dentists must be licensed in all states,requirements vary by state.
  • Must graduate from an accredited dental school and pass written and practical exams.
  • A advanced degree from accredited dental schools.
  • Needs at least a bachelor's degree before entering dental school.
  • All dental schools requires applicants to completed certain required science courses,such as biology and chemistry.

Personality Characteristics

  • Communication skills/Social
  • Dexterity
  • Leadership
  • Patience

Advices

  • Be excellent in chemistry,biology,and mathematics.
  • Take classes in local anesthesia,anatomy,periodontology,and radiology.

Positive and Negative Aspects of a Dentist

Positives:
  • Higher wages.
  • Short hours of work per week.
  • Help more people with their teeth problems.


Negatives:
  • You'll have to work long hours when you first started out.
  • You may have to be on call for dental emergencies.
  • You'll have to endure the feeling of apprehension that a patient might have toward dental treatment.

One Related Career

  • Optometrists examines the eyes and other parts of the visual system.

Sources

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • acinet.org