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DENTIST: There's A Lot Of Behavior Management

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Maryam shares her story of being a dentist. She goes into detail about what a typical day is like for her and shares what she would have liked to have known about this career when she first started.

School: CSU Sacramento - University of the Pacific
Degree: Dentistry
Job Title: General Dentist

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.

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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
National Statistic Change Location
$70,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
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
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