Dentists, General

8.0/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $77.09 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 0.0% (Totally Safe)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Finger Dexterity
Manual Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Dentists, General' job openings is expected to rise 6.1% by 2031
'Dentists, General' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Dentists, General' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Dentists, General' was $160,370, or $77.09 hourly
'Dentists, General' are paid 250.5% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as dentists, general?

As of 2021 there were 108,680 people employed as Dentists, General within the United States.
This represents around 0.08% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as Dentists, General.

Job description

Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

SOC Code: 29-1021.00


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N (Likely) says
Honestly, robots are more precise, and humans can't really top AI. Okay, so let's imagine something, imagine your local dentists' office. All you see are big machines, right? Yep. So just imagine a robot instead of a dentist.
May 28, 2021 at 04:57 PM
deez (No chance) says
Dentists are needed to be people as their patients might not like a more mechanical approach to an already mechanical job
May 10, 2021 at 05:04 PM
donald (Highly likely) says
Image recognition and precision work is what robots are good at
Oct 20, 2020 at 08:51 PM
Scott (Small chance) says
It will be awhile before robots replace dentists - but it will happen.
Oct 16, 2020 at 12:14 PM
T. Fairy (Highly likely) says
Dentistry is mainly about image recognition and operating machinery, machines excel at this.
Jan 30, 2020 at 02:47 PM
Muddy (No chance) says
While I can see robots eventually replacing dentists, the degree of analytical creativity and personalized service makes it unlikely within 20 years .
Jan 28, 2020 at 12:08 PM
Abdullah (Could go either way) says
Give Chinese people some time .
Jan 18, 2020 at 06:03 PM
eliazk says
I want to be a dentist and I'm so happy
Dec 13, 2019 at 06:09 PM
Allison Amodeo (Small chance) says
Dentists need to know what to do and need to give the child/or parent comfort. Robots wouldn't make anyone (including me) comfortable.
Nov 27, 2019 at 01:21 AM
Yes says
A robot has much better precision than a human hand and it doesn't have big fingers that get in the way, tremble or age, nor does it have poor vision.
Oct 18, 2019 at 10:53 AM
Albert Musco (Highly likely) says
The unaffordabilty of basic dental care will push the monetary greed out of the profession and replace humans with AI , robotics and lazers
Sep 21, 2019 at 06:57 AM
Shadock (Highly likely) says
Remember the one fact of life.
All humans are selfish.
Most Dentist will do un-safe and/or un-needed operations just to make a quick dollar.
Robots will have no need for money. Robots will be slaves that are perfect in the art of Dentistry. With that said, I hope robots take over the job.
Aug 05, 2019 at 04:04 PM
Leonid says
Agreed, bingo
Oct 05, 2019 at 04:49 AM
Nick says
Couldn’t be more wrong. You really think big business is gonna be less greedy than your dentist?

Robots don't make their own decisions, their owners do.
Jan 07, 2021 at 08:40 PM
Jake (Likely) says
China already had a procedure done by a robot. It is only a matter of time.
Jul 09, 2019 at 11:43 PM
Joe (No chance) says
I think a bigger threat to dentists are preventative measures that can be taken by people to reduce the probability that they will ever have to go to a dentist's office.

Of course, as AI and machine learning are integrated in business the probability that some business will provide a product to a customer that will serve that specific purpose is nearly 100%.
Nov 11, 2019 at 06:07 AM
Ron (Small chance) says
Mouths never change. AI could figure it out.
Jun 25, 2019 at 01:17 PM
bruh says
clearly you've never seen wisdom tooth x-ray
Sep 13, 2019 at 07:32 AM
Loompa says
they may change in the future with evolution and most peoples mouth and teeth placement are different
Sep 09, 2020 at 03:42 AM
delta (Could go either way) says
I am not sure about my future jobs, but if there an operation devices that could do surgery, then yeah.
Jun 06, 2019 at 08:56 AM

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