Careers in the Licensed Professions


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Dentists diagnose and treat any disease, pain, injury, or deformity of the mouth, including the teeth, gums, jaws, and other areas of the head and neck. Examples of services:

  • examine the mouth to diagnose problems
  • prescribe and fit materials to repair, replace, or align teeth
  • treat patients to prevent cavities and gum diseases
  • administer anesthesia and other agents to relieve discomfort during dental procedures
  • counsel patients about oral health and hygiene


At least 60 semester hours of preprofessional education, including chemistry, biology, and physics, AND at least 4 years in a Department-registered dentistry licensure program, or the equivalent.  


Complete an approved clinically based dental residency program of at least one year.


Parts I and II of the National Board Dental Examination.

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.




Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $156,240 in the U.S., $135,960 in NY
  • Salary range: $111,100-$195,520
  • Projected growth: much faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Private and group practice
  • Hospitals
  • Research facilities
  • Military
  • Colleges and universities
  • Industry

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Preparation in the sciences
  • Analysis and reasoning
  • Hands-on experiences

Professional Skills

  • Concern for others
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Manual and technical dexterity

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a dentist about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 13, 2020