Career Theme: Investigative


Necessary Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master’s degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Special Training Required: Certification is needed. Some states require registration or licensure in addition to certification.

Prerequisite experience needed: Dental school for four years with an internship after four years of college is required.

Job Responsibilities: Dentists examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, or other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments. They also treat diseases, injuries, or malformations of teeth, gums, or related oral structures and provide preventive or corrective services.

Typical Salary Range: Makes about $145,240/year (for 2012)