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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, general 120,200
Orthodontists 7,700
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons 6,700
Prosthodontists 500
Dentists, all other specialists 6,900

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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