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Dentist Employment


Dentists held about 141,900 jobs in 2008. Employment was distributed among general practitioners and specialists as follows:

Dentists, general120,200
Orthodontists7,700
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons6,700
Prosthodontists500
Dentists, all other specialists6,900

Approximately 15 percent of all dentists were specialists. About 28 percent of dentists were self-employed and not incorporated. Very few salaried dentists worked in hospitals and offices of physicians. Almost all dentists work in private practice. According to the American Dental Association, about 3 out of 4 dentists in private practice are solo proprietors, and almost 15 percent belonged to a partnership.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition

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