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Dentistry Major

Dentistry is a major that typically falls into the Health Professions category.

There are 0 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in dentistry, 0 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 0 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 65 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Dentistry Degree?

This is one of the most frequently chosen college majors. It is the most popular in the country with students graduating with a bachelor’s in dentistry in 2017.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of dentistry majors is as follows:

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Dentistry Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

What Will You Learn as a Dentistry Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to dentistry to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Dentistry Majors

A major in dentistry should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Dentistry Majors

Skills for Dentistry Majors

When studying dentistry, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Dentistry Majors

Abilities for Dentistry Majors

As a dentistry major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

Important Abilities for dentistry Majors

What Can You Do With a Dentistry Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with dentistry:

Careers Related to Dentistry
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Health Specialties Professors

25.9%

$97,370

Dentists, General

19.4%

$151,850

Dentistry Major Salary

Dentistry majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $122,000 to $176,000. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Dentistry Major  ( 122000 to 176000 )
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Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
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Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
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Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Dentistry Major Jobs

Some careers associated with dentistry require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for dentistry careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Dentistry
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

0%

Post-Secondary Certificate

1.2%

Some College Courses

4.2%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

5.2%

Bachelor's Degree

5.2%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

0%

Master's Degree

18.4%

Post-Master's Certificate

0%

First Professional Degree

0%

Doctoral Degree

58.2%

Post-Doctoral Training

8%

Online Dentistry Programs

There are 0 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in dentistry, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is a Dentistry Major Worth It?

The median salary for a dentistry grad is $122,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 214% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,668,400 after 20 years!

dentistry salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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