5.8/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
The median wage for this occupation is currently unknown
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 16% (No worries)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Finger Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
Manual Dexterity
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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 'Orthodontists' job openings is expected to rise 4.5% by 2031
'Orthodontists' is expected to be an average 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.

How many people are employed as orthodontists?

As of 2021 there were 5,140 people employed as Orthodontists within the United States.
This represents around 0.004% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 27 thousand people are employed as Orthodontists.

Job description

Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.

SOC Code: 29-1023.00


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Khaled says
Orthodontists are all of Robots taking over part of the labor bill. For example, I can not wait to get a robot receptionist who does not get sick, does not have to take personal days off, compassionate days off (because her pet is sick). Patients should be able to walk to the front and get an appointment booked themselves. Just like when you book a flight and select your seat.

Similarly, there's got to be an accounting software which orthodontists use for bills, to pay bills, to communicate with your accountants for the year end, to generate cheques for staff (pay) without having to hire a bookkeeper. This will decrease the overhead.

Even the financial manager position can be replaced. You enter the contract for the particular patient, and the robot presents and emails all the details. No need for cleavage to close the deal, for patients to bargain, or for them to feel that they are being treated unfairly price wise.

Replacing the job of the Orthodontist with a robot is actually risky. When teeth move, there is a biologic cost. If things are moving via Autopilot, and then someone finds out, that movement took place in the wrong direction, fixing these errors is costly both in time, money, and most importantly, patient's dental tissue repair sometimes.
Oct 11, 2020 at 02:34 PM
GGM says
I think, the risk will be more, the AI actually is able to make diagnostic and with plastic printer make the treatment. The braces are soon out of date.
Sep 28, 2019 at 08:53 AM
Christian Lopez says
Because if a robot makes a wrong move when taking out teeth or putting braces they could mess up and lose a lot of money
Apr 24, 2019 at 03:23 PM
Sami says
Who wakes up one day and decides they want to look at mouths everyday? This job is dead.
Apr 02, 2019 at 11:53 PM
Idgaf says
Someone who’s interested in that? I personally want to be an orthodontist bc I think it’s really cool and the work-life balance is great (the salary is nice too)
Jul 06, 2020 at 02:30 AM
Raphael Tavares Pinto says
I love it
Mar 30, 2019 at 01:03 PM

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