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General Dental Clinical Sciences

289 Master's Degrees Annually
$122,320 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Dental Clinical Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many general dental clinical sciences graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 289
Graduate Certificate 81
Doctor’s Degree 15

What General Dental Clinical Sciences Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to dental clinical sciences were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Dental Clinical Sciences Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Dental Clinical Sciences Majors

dental clinical sciences majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Dental Clinical Sciences Majors

A major in dental clinical sciences will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a General Dental Clinical Sciences Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with dental clinical sciences:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Dentists 14.1% $146,970
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370

How Much Do General Dental Clinical Sciences Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $122,320 to $178,800 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to dental clinical sciences. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a General Dental Clinical Sciences Major  ( 122320 to 178800 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with dental clinical sciences may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for dental clinical sciences careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 2.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 12.5%
Master’s Degree 35.9%
Doctoral Degree 24.9%
Post-Doctoral Training 19.1%

Online General Dental Clinical Sciences Programs

In 2018-2019, 34 schools offered a dental clinical sciences program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 30 0
Post-Master’s 7 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 8 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in General Dental Clinical Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a dental clinical sciences grad is $122,320 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 207% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,648,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to dental clinical sciences.

Major Number of Grads
Orthodontics/Orthodontology 264
Advanced General Dentistry 158
Oral Biology & Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology 155
Other Advanced/Graduate Dentistry & Oral Sciences 147
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics 141
Endodontics/Endodontology 133
Periodontics/Periodontology 103
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology 96
Dental Public Health & Education 69
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery 34
Dental Materials 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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