Office of Science Education skip navigation
Office of Science Education Office of Science Education LifeWorks Icons
Home > LifeWorks > Alphabetical List > Dentist, Orthodontist
LifeWorks Icons
Dentist, Orthodontist
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesExamine, diagnose, and treat dental and mouth problems. Design and make appliances that realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$146,920 per year in 2010

Work Context & ConditionsDentists, including orthodontists, 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.

SkillsPersuasion, Social Perceptiveness, Learning Strategies, Monitoring, Management of Personnel Resources, Management of Financial Resources, Critical Thinking, Instructing, Active Listening, Writing, Information Organization, Service Orientation, Equipment Selection, Time Management, Active Learning, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment and Decision Making, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking

AbilitiesOral Expression, Finger Dexterity, Arm-Hand Steadiness, Problem Sensitivity, Near Vision, Inductive Reasoning, Oral Comprehension

InterviewsSunil Wadhwa