Dentists, General (29-1021)

Occupation 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. Excludes Prosthodontists (29-1024), Orthodontists (29-1023), Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (29-1022) and Dentists, All Other Specialists (29-1029).

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 193232 20.24 48
United States 129,000152,300 18.02,330 2,6304,960

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is strong with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 83.5932.5451.05 73.99**
Alaska 112.6170.2484.62 ***
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 117.2974.8787.50 ***
Southeast Region 78.3422.1966.57 83.7196.79*
Balance of State 103.4468.9879.37 94.93**

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
24265 26.941.1 34.4
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation16
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation9
UI claimants previously working in occupation2
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 11
Number of job position postings 14
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 0.8

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Doctoral or professional degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Yuut Elitnaurviat   (Bethel)
Dental Health Aide Therapist