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High job satisfaction and autonomy. ONET data shows 77% state they have ‘a lot of freedom’) Helping people through uncomfortable procedures is probably emotionally draining Dentistry is very expensive - this leads ethical quandaries around giving people the ideal care given their priorities + feeling like you’re doing a bad job if they can’t pay + dealing with people who feel like you’ve ripped them off. ONET data states dentists Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” A dentist we interviewed made this point. We don’t know how useful a degree in dentistry is for health policy. Fluoridation is a clear win, but there are interest groups opposing it. Possibly relevant to how much this can be optimised is that no countries have implemented a truly universal, free system due to the high cost of dentistry.

Regarding specialisation (info from BLS):

Around 1/10th of dentists are specialised. Orthodontists mean - $221,390, prosthodontists mean $161,020, all other is $171,040. I should say a bit more about their level of job satisfaction.

Dental public health specialists promote good dental health and the prevention of dental diseases in specific communities.

Endodontists perform root-canal therapy, by which they remove the nerves and blood supply from injured or infected teeth.

Oral and maxillofacial radiologists diagnose diseases in the head and neck through the use of imaging technologies.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons operate on the mouth, jaws, teeth, gums, neck, and head, performing procedures such as surgically repairing a cleft lip and palate or removing impacted teeth.

Oral pathologists diagnose conditions in the mouth, such as bumps or ulcers, and oral diseases, such as cancer.

Orthodontists straighten teeth by applying pressure to the teeth with braces or other appliances.

Pediatric dentists focus on dentistry for children and special-needs patients.

Periodontists treat the gums and bone supporting the teeth.

Prosthodontists replace missing teeth with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or with removable fixtures, such as dentures.




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The Bureau of Labour Statistics for the US and Prospects for the UK both produce useful guides. Some of the professions have had more in depth guides written about them which you could look for using this. It's worthwhile looking for 'day in the life' resources for whichever profession you're interested in, such as this for physical therapy.

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