Dentist

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Dentist

Dentists work alongside dental assistants, who help with record-keeping, sterilizing instruments, and teeth-cleaning. And like a dental hygienist, a dentist might also clean teeth and educate patients on proper dental care.

Salary

Dentist earn $142,740 in 2011, or approximately $68.62 per hour. The best-paid earned more than $187,999, while the lowest-paid earned less than $74,490

Training

Those interested in becoming a dentists should start their journey in high school, focusing on courses in chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy, and mathematics. Then, in their junior year of college, they must take and pass the Dental Acceptance Test (DAT). Also while pursing a bachelor’s degree, aspiring dentists should take courses in mathematics, chemistry, and biology.

Working Conditions

Most dentists work 4 or 5 days a week. Some work evenings and weekends to meet their patients' needs. Most full-time dentists work between 35 and 40 hours a week, but others work more.

Pros/Cons

Pros: Autonomy -Be your own boss. Make the decisions you want to make.

Cons: The Yuck Factor. You might have to deal with bad breath, stinky people, and some really gross mouths.

Promotion Opportunities

Most dental hygienists advance through increased pay and education. Some advance into management positions and supervise other hygienists. Those who obtain a bachelor's or master's degree may become teachers, researchers, or administrators in dental hygiene programs. Some hygienists become dental sales representatives.

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