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Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesOral and maxillofacial surgeons do all kinds of surgery involving the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. They reconstruct faces shattered by car accidents and gunshots, remove tumors and cancerous lesions, correct bites by surgically repositioning the jaws, place dental implants, repair cleft palates, perform all kinds of facial cosmetic surgery, and extract impacted wisdom teeth.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$146,920 per year in 2010

Work Context & ConditionsMost dentists work 4 or 5 days a week. Some work evenings and weekends to meet their patients’ needs.

Minimum Education RequirementsD.D.S. or D.M.D.

SkillsCritical Thinking, Active Learning, Judgment and Decision Making, Reading Comprehension, Science

AbilitiesFinger Dexterity, Manual Dexterity, Arm-Hand Steadiness, Problem Sensitivity, Near Vision