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Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences

742 Master's Degrees Annually
56 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#126 in Popularity (Master's)
$178,800 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many advanced dentistry and oral sciences graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Graduate Certificate 856
Master’s Degree 742
Doctor’s Degree 56

What Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to dentistry and oral science and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Dentistry & Oral Science Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Dentistry & Oral Science Majors

A major in dentistry and oral science prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Dentistry & Oral Science Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a dentistry and oral science student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with dentistry and oral science:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Dentists 14.1% $146,970
Dentists, General 19.4% $151,850
Health Educators 14.6% $54,220
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 19.1% $208,000
Orthodontists 18.2% $208,000
Prosthodontists 22.2% $176,540

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences?

742 Master's Degrees Annually
49% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 49% of the graduates are women, and 51% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of dentistry and oral science majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Dentistry & Oral Science Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 121
Black or African American 12
Hispanic or Latino 42
White 318
International Students 180
Other Races/Ethnicities 69

Geographic Diversity

Dentistry & Oral Science appeals to people across the globe. About 24.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Canada
  • India
  • Kuwait
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in advanced dentistry and oral sciences made a median starting salary of $179,300 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $151,600 (25th percentile) and $200,500 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to dentistry and oral science so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $122,320 to $225,760 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to dentistry and oral science. 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, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with dentistry and oral science may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to dentistry and oral science have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.5%
Some College Courses 1.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 11.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 6.5%
Master’s Degree 8.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 3.1%
Doctoral Degree 29.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 39.9%

Online Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 64 schools offered some type of advanced dentistry and oral sciences program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 18 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 144 3
Post-Master’s 166 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 33 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a dentistry and oral science grad is $178,800 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 348% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $2,778,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to dentistry and oral science.

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,559
Mental & Social Health Services 27,743
Dental Support Services 26,183
Health Sciences & Services 25,948
Communication Sciences 21,606
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,767
Medicine 19,720
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,354
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,279
Other Health Professions 8,168
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 5,877
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,576
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,251
Chiropractic 2,608
Optometry 1,747
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,624
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,044
Medical Science 809
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 782
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 597
Podiatry 579
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 444
Alternative Medical Support Services 191
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

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