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- Total employment: 125,300
- Annual mean wage: $180,010
- Projected employment growth 2016-2026: 19.1%
- Typical education needed: Doctoral or professional degree
Dentists are responsible for diagnosing and treating oral hygiene problems, as well as providing checkups on teeth and the gums. There are 125,300 dentists in the U.S., and this number is expected to grow a significant 19.1%. This increase is likely due to the aging of the U.S. population. Dentists are required to have an advanced degree in dentistry, and they make an annual mean wage of $180,010.