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DENTIST: A Great Career That Is Both A Science And An Art

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Dr. Kazi, DDS, explains why she loves her profession: dentistry is both a science and an art, as well as a rewarding and respected career that provides good work-life balance and earnings.

Degree: Dentistry
Job Title: Dentist
Employer: Self

Job Summary: Dentists, General

Job Description

Dentists diagnose and treat problems with a patient's teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.

On-the-Job Training

Residency

Additional Info

Dentists must be licensed in all states; requirements vary by state. In most states, a license requires a degree from an accredited dental school and passing a written and practical exam.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$70,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Leadership ability, Verbal communication skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Doctorate
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<span m='19710'>stuff</span> <span m='20000'>like</span> <span m='20180'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='22290'>As</span> <span m='22550'>far</span> <span m='22740'>as</span> <span m='23420'>studying,</span> <span m='25110'>I</span> <span m='25270'>studied</span> <span m='25700'>in</span> <span m='25840'>India.</span> <span m='27290'>After</span> <span m='28010'>my</span> <span m='28160'>high</span> <span m='28430'>school,</span> <span m='29020'>I</span> <span m='29140'>went</span> <span m='29430'>to</span> <span m='29860'>dental</span> <span m='30230'>school.</span> <span m='31130'>It</span> <span m='31460'>was</span> <span m='31690'>four</span> <span m='31950'>years</span> <span m='32170'>long,</span> <span m='32840'>and</span> <span m='34010'>then</span> <span m='34160'>I</span> <span m='34230'>decided</span> <span m='34660'>to</span> <span m='34750'>move</span> <span m='35020'>to</span> <span m='35670'>IS,</span> <span m='36780'>and</span> <span m='37460'>I</span> <span m='37530'>had</span> <span m='37710'>to</span> <span m='38420'>study</span> <span m='38850'>again.</span> <span m='40180'>Went</span> <span m='40390'>through</span> <span m='40930'>the</span> <span m='41020'>process</span> <span m='41620'>to</span> <span m='41920'>get</span> <span m='42080'>my</span> <span m='42580'>license</span> <span m='43230'>here</span> <span m='43460'>in</span> <span m='43570'>California.</span> <span m='45190'>Altogether,</span> <span m='46990'>I</span> <span m='47140'>had</span> <span m='47270'>to</span> <span m='47380'>clear</span> <span m='47740'>four</span> <span m='48430'>exams,</span> <span m='50800'>they are</span> <span m='51020'>called</span> <span m='51270'>National</span> <span m='51780'>Dental</span> <span m='52140'>Boards,</span> <span m='53100'>and</span> <span m='53280'>then</span> <span m='53510'>the</span> <span m='54140'>California</span> <span m='54630'>State</span> <span m='54920'>Board</span> <span m='55740'>exams</span> <span m='56230'>to</span> <span m='56400'>get</span> <span m='56600'>my</span> <span m='57280'>license</span> <span m='57750'>to</span> <span m='57850'>practice.</span> </p><p><span m='58940'>I</span> <span m='59310'>do</span> <span m='59560'>have</span> <span m='59760'>to</span> <span m='60390'>study</span> <span m='60850'>on</span> <span m='60970'>a</span> <span m='61060'>continuing</span> <span m='61830'>basis.</span> <span m='63860'>I</span> <span m='64590'>actually</span> <span m='64890'>like</span> <span m='65110'>to</span> <span m='65209'>study,</span> <span m='65570'>so</span> <span m='65830'>I</span> <span m='65980'>do</span> <span m='66200'>a</span> <span m='66250'>lot</span> <span m='66440'>of</span> <span m='66560'>continuing</span> <span m='67040'>education</span> <span m='67800'>classes.</span> <span m='68790'>The</span> <span m='68930'>requirement</span> <span m='69540'>is</span> <span m='70900'>50</span> <span m='71950'>units</span> <span m='73190'>every</span> <span m='73820'>two</span> <span m='74010'>years.</span> <span m='75510'>I</span> <span m='75680'>usually</span> <span m='76340'>end</span> <span m='76530'>up</span> <span m='76610'>doing</span> <span m='77680'>probably</span> <span m='78620'>over</span> <span m='78950'>100,</span> <span m='79350'>150</span> <span m='80150'>units</span> <span m='80580'>every</span> <span m='80840'>year,</span> <span m='82850'>because</span> <span m='83180'>I</span> <span m='83250'>like</span> <span m='83480'>to.</span> </p><p><span m='84740'>It's</span> <span m='85000'>very</span> <span m='85200'>important</span> <span m='85740'>to</span> <span m='86250'>stay</span> <span m='86760'>on</span> <span m='86970'>top</span> <span m='87170'>of</span> <span m='87240'>things,</span> <span m='87770'>because</span> <span m='88140'>things</span> <span m='88800'>keep</span> <span m='89020'>on</span> <span m='89150'>changing.</span> <span m='90170'>And</span> <span m='90590'>there</span> <span m='90700'>are a</span> <span m='90740'>lot</span> <span m='91190'>of</span> <span m='91340'>advances</span> <span m='91900'>in</span> <span m='92190'>technology,</span> <span m='92990'>materials,</span> <span m='94930'>procedures.</span> <span m='96100'>So</span> <span m='96970'>the</span> <span m='97620'>continuing</span> <span m='98120'>education</span> <span m='98710'>is</span> <span m='99020'>a very</span> <span m='99270'>big</span> <span m='99430'>part,</span> <span m='100610'>even</span> <span m='100850'>after</span> <span m='101570'>you</span> <span m='102070'>get</span> <span m='102230'>your</span> <span m='102340'>dental</span> <span m='102660'>degree.</span> </p><p><span m='105060'>I</span> <span m='105520'>like</span> <span m='105790'>my</span> <span m='105930'>job</span> <span m='106750'>because</span> <span m='107400'>I</span> <span m='107520'>always</span> <span m='107810'>wanted</span> <span m='108130'>to</span> <span m='108220'>do</span> <span m='109020'>something</span> <span m='109860'>with</span> <span m='110030'>my</span> <span m='110140'>hands.</span> <span m='111520'>I</span> <span m='111640'>think</span> <span m='111820'>I'm</span> <span m='111990'>good</span> <span m='112180'>with</span> <span m='112340'>my</span> <span m='112480'>hands.</span> <span m='115320'>When</span> <span m='115460'>I was</span> <span m='115590'>a</span> <span m='115700'>kid,</span> <span m='116040'>I</span> <span m='116490'>liked</span> <span m='116750'>to</span> <span m='116880'>paint,</span> <span m='117340'>and</span> <span m='118210'>art</span> <span m='118780'>stuff,</span> <span m='120560'>and</span> <span m='120760'>dentistry</span> <span m='121360'>is</span> <span m='121570'>not</span> <span m='121740'>only</span> <span m='121970'>science,</span> <span m='122450'>but</span> <span m='122620'>it's</span> <span m='122990'>also</span> <span m='123340'>an</span> <span m='123450'>art.</span> <span m='124290'>And</span> <span m='125210'>I</span> <span m='125340'>like</span> <span m='125530'>to</span> <span m='125610'>build</span> <span m='125910'>things.</span> <span m='127430'>So</span> <span m='127660'>it suits</span> <span m='127870'>my</span> <span m='128180'>interest</span> <span m='128870'>and</span> <span m='128990'>my</span> <span m='129300'>personality.</span> </p><p><span m='130500'>I</span> <span m='130580'>also</span> <span m='130840'>like</span> <span m='131039'>to</span> <span m='131120'>work</span> <span m='131380'>with</span> <span m='131530'>people.</span> <span m='132690'>I</span> <span m='132870'>think I'd</span> <span m='133190'>be</span> <span m='133290'>miserable</span> <span m='133880'>if</span> <span m='134800'>I'm</span> <span m='135030'>stuck</span> <span m='135350'>in</span> <span m='135460'>an</span> <span m='135570'>office</span> <span m='136580'>with</span> <span m='136700'>the</span> <span m='136790'>computer,</span> <span m='137400'>with</span> <span m='137440'>the</span> <span m='137920'>books</span> <span m='138280'>and</span> <span m='138420'>stuff.</span> <span m='139150'>I</span> <span m='139270'>like</span> <span m='139470'>to</span> <span m='139550'>work</span> <span m='139770'>with</span> <span m='139900'>people,</span> <span m='140500'>like</span> <span m='140780'>to</span> <span m='140860'>help</span> <span m='141120'>them.</span> <span m='141780'>So</span> <span m='142690'>I</span> <span m='143000'>think</span> <span m='143210'>it's</span> <span m='143320'>important</span> <span m='144950'>that</span> <span m='145100'>it</span> <span m='145270'>suits</span> <span m='145620'>your</span> <span m='146500'>personality,</span> <span m='147350'>your</span> <span m='147440'>nature,</span> <span m='147860'>your</span> <span m='148000'>liking,</span> <span m='148680'>and</span> <span m='149930'>like</span> <span m='150070'>I</span> <span m='150100'>said,</span> <span m='150250'>I</span> <span m='150320'>love</span> <span m='150490'>my</span> <span m='150650'>job</span> <span m='150930'>because</span> <span m='152590'>it</span> <span m='152760'>fits</span> <span m='153670'>my</span> <span m='155110'>interest.</span> </p><p><span m='156400'>I</span> <span m='156530'>think</span> <span m='157040'>dentistry</span> <span m='157760'>is</span> <span m='158290'>a</span> <span m='158420'>fun</span> <span m='158720'>job.</span> <span m='160980'>And</span> <span m='163260'>I</span> <span m='163450'>like</span> <span m='165050'>the</span> <span m='165310'>type</span> <span m='165600'>of</span> <span m='165760'>work,</span> <span m='166230'>I</span> <span m='166330'>like</span> <span m='166800'>the</span> <span m='167050'>hours</span> <span m='167750'>I</span> <span m='167890'>follow.</span> <span m='168940'>I</span> <span m='169060'>do</span> <span m='169240'>have</span> <span m='169390'>to</span> <span m='169470'>work</span> <span m='169730'>on</span> <span m='169850'>Saturdays</span> <span m='170650'>and</span> <span m='170940'>sometimes</span> <span m='171320'>longer</span> <span m='171630'>hours</span> <span m='171930'>in</span> <span m='172010'>the</span> <span m='172170'>evening</span> <span m='172580'>to</span> <span m='172720'>accommodate</span> <span m='173450'>working</span> <span m='173810'>people.</span> <span m='175120'>But</span> <span m='175310'>on an</span> <span m='175600'>average,</span> <span m='177020'>it's</span> <span m='177210'>a</span> <span m='177260'>good</span> <span m='178160'>work/life</span> <span m='178700'>balance,</span> <span m='179790'>especially</span> <span m='180280'>for</span> <span m='180460'>women.</span> <span m='181120'>I</span> <span m='181200'>think</span> <span m='181510'>it's</span> <span m='181680'>a</span> <span m='181730'>good</span> <span m='181930'>profession</span> <span m='182420'>to</span> <span m='182500'>be</span> <span m='182720'>in.</span> <span m='185080'>I</span> <span m='185230'>get</span> <span m='185550'>lot</span> <span m='185760'>of</span> <span m='185840'>respect</span> <span m='187010'>when</span> <span m='187190'>I</span> <span m='187230'>mention</span> <span m='187660'>that</span> <span m='187810'>I'm</span> <span m='187960'>a</span> <span m='188010'>dentist.</span> <span m='189730'>Earning</span> <span m='190090'>is</span> <span m='190240'>good,</span> <span m='191330'>and</span> <span m='192660'>overall,</span> <span m='193100'>I</span> <span m='193190'>think</span> <span m='193400'>it's</span> <span m='193540'>a</span> <span m='193590'>good</span> <span m='193770'>profession</span> <span m='194260'>to</span> <span m='194340'>be</span> <span m='194560'>in.</span> </p><p><span m='196560'>For</span> <span m='197150'>students,</span> <span m='199580'>the</span> <span m='199820'>advice</span> <span m='200100'>is</span> <span m='201470'>if</span> <span m='201590'>you</span> <span m='201700'>want</span> <span m='201910'>to</span> <span m='201990'>be</span> <span m='202150'>in</span> <span m='202230'>the</span> <span m='202280'>health</span> <span m='202620'>care,</span> <span m='203200'>of</span> <span m='203370'>course,</span> <span m='204140'>you</span> <span m='204350'>have</span> <span m='204540'>to</span> <span m='205280'>study</span> <span m='205940'>your</span> <span m='206150'>basic</span> <span m='207740'>biology</span> <span m='210140'>and</span> <span m='210600'>health-related</span> <span m='211690'>courses</span> <span m='212160'>like</span> <span m='212370'>anatomy,</span> <span m='212960'>physiology,</span> <span m='213680'>stuff</span> <span m='213910'>like</span> <span m='214110'>that.</span> <span m='215520'>I</span> <span m='215660'>know</span> <span m='215830'>it's</span> <span m='215990'>very</span> <span m='216200'>competitive</span> <span m='216780'>to</span> <span m='217140'>get</span> <span m='217410'>into</span> <span m='218090'>dental</span> <span m='218420'>school,</span> <span m='219450'>but</span> <span m='221400'>I</span> <span m='221520'>think</span> <span m='222140'>if</span> <span m='222390'>you</span> <span m='222460'>really</span> <span m='222700'>want</span> <span m='223000'>to,</span> <span m='223340'>you</span> <span m='223790'>can</span> <span m='223930'>always</span> <span m='224890'>try</span> <span m='225220'>and</span> <span m='227500'>work,</span> <span m='228430'>do</span> <span m='228940'>some</span> <span m='229150'>internships</span> <span m='230110'>in</span> <span m='230390'>dental</span> <span m='230720'>offices.</span> <span m='233150'>You</span> <span m='233330'>can</span> <span m='234610'>do</span> <span m='234720'>volunteering</span> <span m='236140'>and</span> <span m='236990'>see</span> <span m='237220'>if</span> <span m='237310'>you</span> <span m='237450'>really</span> <span m='237900'>like</span> <span m='238150'>working</span> <span m='238460'>in</span> <span m='238540'>a</span> <span m='238620'>dental</span> <span m='238930'>office,</span> <span m='239600'>and</span> <span m='239760'>then</span> <span m='240150'>pursue</span> <span m='240570'>your</span> <span m='240670'>interest.</span> <span m='243370'>Thank</span> <span m='243670'>you.</span> </p>","file":{"id":195503,"video_id":"2707741952001","name":"60275340","duration":244500,"thumbnail_url":null}});