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29-1021.00 - Dentists, General

Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

Sample of reported job titles: Associate Dentist, Dental Surgery Doctor (DDS), Dentist, Dentist/Owner, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Family Dentist, General Dentist, General Dentist/Owner, Pediatric Dentist

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Tasks

  • Use masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect patients and self from infectious diseases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, or other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Use dental air turbines, hand instruments, dental appliances, or surgical implements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Formulate plan of treatment for patient's teeth and mouth tissue. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, or malformations of teeth, gums, or related oral structures and provide preventive or corrective services. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write prescriptions for antibiotics or other medications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advise or instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, or oral health care services. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design, make, or fit prosthodontic appliances, such as space maintainers, bridges, or dentures, or write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for denturists or dental technicians. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill pulp chamber and canal with endodontic materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Treat exposure of pulp by pulp capping, removal of pulp from pulp chamber, or root canal, using dental instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove diseased tissue, using surgical instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Manage business aspects such as employing or supervising staff or handling paperwork or insurance claims. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze or evaluate dental needs to determine changes or trends in patterns of dental disease. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply fluoride or sealants to teeth. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Eliminate irritating margins of fillings and correct occlusions, using dental instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform oral or periodontal surgery on the jaw or mouth. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan, organize, or maintain dental health programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Bleach, clean, or polish teeth to restore natural color. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Produce or evaluate dental health educational materials. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Amalgam carriers — Amalgam wells See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Attachments or replacement parts for dental instruments — Ball bearing contra angle assemblies; Contra angle sheaths; Straight attachments; Surgical handles (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Awls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bands for dental matrix — Amalgam bands; Copalite bands; Dental matrix bands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calcium hydroxide placement tools — Dycal instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical or gas sterilizers — Chemical vapor sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Composite placement tools — Composite placing instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cosmetic dentistry curing lights or accessories — Visible light curing units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crown or bridge removers — Bridge removers; Crown removers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental absorbent holders — Gauze packers; Towel clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental amalgam carvers — Amalgam condensers; Interproximal carvers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental amalgamators — Electrically powered dental amalgamators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental bite blocks or wings or tabs — Bite blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental burnishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental burs — Dental excavating burs; Surgical burs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental calipers — Metric calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental cord packers — Dental cord packing instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental dam supplies — Rubber dam clamp forceps; Rubber dam clamps; Rubber dam frames; Rubber dam punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental depth gauges — Apex locators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental drills or drill bits — Dental drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental elevators — Periodontal elevators; Periosteal elevators; Root elevators; Surgical elevators (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental examination chairs or related parts or accessories — Dental chairs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental excavators — Enamel hatchets; Endo excavators; Spoon excavators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental files or rasps — Bone files; Root canal files; Root canal rasps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental film processors — Automatic film processing systems; Manual film processing systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental forceps — Articulating paper forceps; Biscuspid forceps; Pedodontic forceps; Rongeur forceps (see all 14 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental hand pieces or accessories — Dental wire cutters; High-speed dental handpieces; Periotomes; Straight dental handpieces (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental impression trays See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental instrument sharpening accessories — Sharpening stones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental knives — Plaster knives; Scalpels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental laboratory air abrasion units — Dental air abrasion systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental laboratory burners or torches — Endodontic micro-torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental laboratory lathes or accessories — Dental laboratory lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental laboratory model trimmers or accessories — Model trimmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental laboratory plaster traps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental laboratory vibrators — Plaster vibrators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental lasers — Dental carbon dioxide CO2 lasers; Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Nd:YAG dental lasers; Photo-activated disinfection systems; Tooth-whitening argon lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental margin trimmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental material pluggers or tips or accessories — Cement placing instruments; Dental condensers; Endodontic pluggers; Root canal pluggers (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental materials dispensers — Gutta percha dispensers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental matrices or sets — Amalgam retainers; Copalite retainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental mirrors or mirror handles — Fiberoptic dental mirrors; Mouth mirrors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental mouth props See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental obturating points — Endodontic obturating cones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental pressure indicating kits — Occlusal force analysis systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental probes — Double-end periodontal probes; Periodontal pocket markers; Periodontal probing devices; Single-ended periodontal probes (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental prophylaxis kits — Prophylaxis angles; Prophylaxis brushes; Prophylaxis cups See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental pulp or vitality testers — Pulp testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental reamers — Gates-Glidden drills; Root canal barbed broaches; Root canal enlargers; Root canal reamers (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental retainers — Matrix retainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental retractors — Dental fiberoptic retractors; Tissue retractors; Tongue retractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental root tip picks — Crane picks; Root tip picks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental saliva ejectors or oral suction devices or supplies — High-speed evacuators; Oral evacuation equipment; Saliva ejectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental scalers or accessories — Anterior scalers; Posterior scalers; Sickles; Ultrasonic scaler tips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental scissors — Crown scissors; Straight scissors; Suture scissors; Wire and arch bar scissors (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental shades — Tooth color shade guides See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental spatulas — Cement spatulas; Dental wax spatuals; Metal spatulas; Spoons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental spreaders — Root canal spreaders; Turvey maxillary expander See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental syringe accessory kits — Air/water syringe tips; Dental syringes; Needle holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental syringes or needles or syringes with needles — Bulb irrigators; Dental aspiration syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental tongs — Cotton pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental x ray units — Digital radiographic equipment; Extraoral x ray equipment; Intraoral x ray equipment; Panoramic x ray equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic blood pressure units — Blood pressure monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic medical thermometers — Digital medical thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic stethoscopes or accessories — Pretracheal stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Dental electrosurgery devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services tracheal tube or cricothyrotomy kits — Cricothyrotomy devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eyewashers or eye wash stations — Eyewash stations See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Chin-length plastic face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats — Curved hemostats; Straight hemostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Foot switch — Foot controls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • General dental lights or its accessories — Dental operating lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding machines — Instrument sharpeners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical exam headlights or headlamps or accessories — Headsets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical imaging dry laser printers or imagers — Intraoral printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors — Daylight loader film processing systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes — Dental x ray protective aprons; Thyroid collars; Thyroid shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staff isolation or cover gown — Protective gowns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Masks; Surgical masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthodontic ligature cartridges — Ligature instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthodontic pliers — Angled pliers; Porcelain crown pliers; Wiring pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthodontic setter bands — Band setters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Nitrous oxide administration equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient carbon dioxide detectors — Capnographs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Periodontal chisels — Dental chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Periodontal curettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Periodontal knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pharyngeal airways or airways kits — Laryngeal mask airways LMA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pointers — Pointing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Autoclaves; High heat sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Bone clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories — Fiberoptic aspirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Teeth cleaning devices or accessories — Air/water syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment — Ultrasonic cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Videoscopes — Intraoral camera systems; Intraoral microscope systems See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — AlphaDent; DentiMax; Henry Schein Dentrix software; Windent SQL (see all 35 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Treat dental problems or diseases. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prescribe medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine mouth, teeth, gums, or related facial structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop medical treatment plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust prostheses or other assistive devices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fabricate medical devices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Diagnose dental conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise patients on preventive care techniques. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design medical devices or appliances. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design public or employee health programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct healthcare delivery programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise patient care personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare healthcare training materials. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 97% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 90% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 87% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 85% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 87% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 88% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 86% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 92% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 92% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 78% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 77% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 89% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 87% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 85% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 74% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 80% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Radiation — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 54% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 61% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 44% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 62% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 41% responded “Extremely competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 31% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 45% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
81   Doctoral degree
7   Some college, no degree
6   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IRS

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $71.90 hourly, $149,540 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 126,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 51,200
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Dentists external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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