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Occupational Employment Statistics


29-1021 Dentists, General

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).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 10012$90.63/hr$53.10/hr$63.98/hr$86.52/hr>$100/hr>$100/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services2,010$86.97/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$86.98/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$88.94/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 50$77.49/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 60$78.14/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 60$85.16/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 70$83.53/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80$82.71/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 80$77.51/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 80$82.71/hr3.6%
Southwest Minnesota 100$86.52/hr4.9%
Rochester MN MSA 110$72.88/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 140$82.83/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 160$86.13/hr4.2%
Southeast Minnesota 160$76.43/hr4.0%
Central Minnesota 190$86.98/hr5.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,360$92.83/hr5.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,510$92.83/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,050$86.13/hr5.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 40>$100/hrN/A
Veterinarians 1,690$51.11/hr13.1%
Anesthesiologists 630>$100/hr-3.0%

  • Use masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect patients and self from infectious diseases.
  • Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, or other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments.
  • Use dental air turbines, hand instruments, dental appliances, or surgical implements.
  • Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
  • Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, or malformations of teeth, gums, or related oral structures and provide preventive or corrective services.
  • Treat exposure of pulp by pulp capping, removal of pulp from pulp chamber, or root canal, using dental instruments.
  • Fill pulp chamber and canal with endodontic materials.
  • Formulate plan of treatment for patient's teeth and mouth tissue.
  • Analyze or evaluate dental needs to determine changes or trends in patterns of dental disease.
  • Advise or instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, or oral health care services.