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DENTIST: I Was Good With My Hands So I Chose Dentistry

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James is following in his dad's footsteps in becoming a dentist.
He shares what a typical day looks like for him and what he finds most challenging about being a dentist.

Degree: Dentistry
Job Title: 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.

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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m='17370'>general</span> <span m='17710'>dentists.</span> <span m='19060'>I</span> <span m='19200'>went</span> <span m='19540'>to</span> <span m='20380'>school,</span> <span m='20970'>like,</span> <span m='21920'>high</span> <span m='21950'>school,</span> <span m='22560'>college,</span> <span m='23520'>dental</span> <span m='23760'>school.</span> <span m='26634'>Basically--</span> <span m='28390'>actually,</span> <span m='28880'>I</span> <span m='29000'>didn't</span> <span m='29150'>know</span> <span m='29260'>what</span> <span m='29370'>I</span> <span m='29400'>wanted</span> <span m='29580'>to</span> <span m='29880'>be</span> <span m='30660'>until</span> <span m='31000'>I</span> <span m='31060'>got</span> <span m='31270'>to</span> <span m='31350'>college,</span> <span m='32200'>and</span> <span m='32290'>then</span> <span m='32400'>I</span> <span m='32509'>found</span> <span m='32830'>out</span> <span m='32980'>that</span> <span m='33150'>I</span> <span m='33250'>wanted</span> <span m='33620'>to</span> <span m='34330'>pretty much</span> <span m='34650'>be</span> <span m='34770'>my</span> <span m='34910'>own</span> <span m='35070'>boss,</span> <span m='35460'>and</span> <span m='35690'>not</span> <span m='35860'>be</span> <span m='35970'>on</span> <span m='36050'>call.</span> </p><p><span m='37205'>And</span> <span m='37700'>I</span> <span m='37820'>was</span> <span m='37960'>with</span> <span m='38150'>my</span> <span m='38270'>hands,</span> <span m='38930'>so</span> <span m='39510'>I</span> <span m='39610'>chose</span> <span m='39870'>dentistry.</span> <span m='40690'>I don't</span> <span m='41005'>know, I</span> <span m='41320'>pretty</span> <span m='41520'>much</span> <span m='41790'>knew</span> <span m='42010'>most</span> <span m='42370'>about</span> <span m='42690'>dentistry,</span> <span m='43410'>because</span> <span m='43920'>my</span> <span m='44060'>dad</span> <span m='44310'>was</span> <span m='44450'>one.</span> <span m='45310'>So</span> <span m='45600'>I</span> <span m='45720'>knew</span> <span m='46010'>most</span> <span m='46360'>of the</span> <span m='46630'>stuff.</span> <span m='47536'>But</span> <span m='47990'>something</span> <span m='48330'>about</span> <span m='48550'>dentistry</span> <span m='48990'>is</span> <span m='49120'>you</span> <span m='49200'>don't</span> <span m='49370'>make</span> <span m='49520'>a</span> <span m='49560'>lot</span> <span m='49690'>of</span> <span m='49750'>money.</span> </p><p><span m='52080'>But</span> <span m='54650'>it</span> <span m='54730'>has</span> <span m='55070'>good</span> <span m='55260'>job</span> <span m='55520'>satisfaction.</span> <span m='57235'>I</span> <span m='57570'>like</span> <span m='57800'>that</span> <span m='58090'>at the</span> <span m='58310'>end of the</span> <span m='58420'>day,</span> <span m='59010'>I</span> <span m='59080'>go</span> <span m='59250'>home,</span> <span m='59960'>and</span> <span m='60380'>that's</span> <span m='60600'>it.</span> <span m='61670'>And</span> <span m='63700'>I</span> <span m='63810'>don't</span> <span m='63990'>need</span> <span m='64099'>to</span> <span m='64160'>be</span> <span m='64300'>on</span> <span m='64430'>call,</span> <span m='64750'>or</span> <span m='65015'>anything.</span> <span m='66170'>What I</span> <span m='66320'>find</span> <span m='66610'>most</span> <span m='66870'>challenging?</span> <span m='72490'>I'm</span> <span m='72710'>really</span> <span m='72940'>bad</span> <span m='73200'>with dealing</span> <span m='73460'>with</span> <span m='73902'>kids.</span> <span m='75230'>Like,</span> <span m='75840'>when</span> <span m='75950'>they</span> <span m='76050'>cry,</span> <span m='76355'>I can't</span> <span m='76660'>stand it.</span> <span m='78960'>I</span> <span m='79060'>just</span> <span m='79230'>have</span> <span m='79310'>to</span> <span m='79420'>walk</span> <span m='79640'>away.</span> </p><p><span m='81420'>So I</span> <span m='81830'>take it</span> <span m='82120'>you don't</span> <span m='82490'>do a lot of</span> <span m='82910'>children?</span> </p><p><span m='83090'>I don't--</span> <span m='83600'>well,</span> <span m='84530'>I</span> <span m='84640'>do</span> <span m='84950'>the</span> <span m='85090'>ones I</span> <span m='85150'>can</span> <span m='85300'>get</span> <span m='85400'>along</span> <span m='85640'>with,</span> <span m='86375'>but</span> <span m='86830'>the</span> <span m='87390'>kids</span> <span m='87610'>that</span> <span m='87780'>like,</span> <span m='87960'>run</span> <span m='88110'>away</span> <span m='88310'>from</span> <span m='88500'>me,</span> <span m='88830'>I'm</span> <span m='88960'>not</span> <span m='89110'>going</span> <span m='89390'>to go</span> <span m='89540'>chase them</span> <span m='89810'>down,</span> <span m='90110'>or anything.</span> </p>","file":{"id":276838,"video_id":"2698842888001","name":"72583277","duration":91285,"thumbnail_url":null}});