Find Healthcare Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Orthodontics/Orthodontology Major

Find Schools Near

Orthodontics/Orthodontology

103 Master's Degrees Annually
$225,760 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Orthodontics/Orthodontology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many orthodontics/orthodontology graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Graduate Certificate 162
Master’s Degree 114
Doctor’s Degree 4

What Orthodontics/Orthodontology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, orthodontics/orthodontology majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Orthodontics/Orthodontology Majors

Orthodontics/Orthodontology majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

undefined
  • 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.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Skills for Orthodontics/Orthodontology Majors

A major in orthodontics/orthodontology prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

undefined
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Abilities for Orthodontics/Orthodontology Majors

A major in orthodontics/orthodontology will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

undefined
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Orthodontics/Orthodontology Major?

People with a orthodontics/orthodontology degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Orthodontists 18.2% $208,000

How Much Do Orthodontics/Orthodontology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Orthodontics/Orthodontology majors often go into careers with median salaries of $225,760. This median refers to 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 an Orthodontics/Orthodontology Major  225,760
0K
250K
Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
0K
250K
Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
0K
250K
Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
0K
250K

Some careers associated with orthodontics/orthodontology require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 orthodontics/orthodontology careers below.

undefined
Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.1%
Doctoral Degree 7.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 93.4%

Online Orthodontics/Orthodontology Programs

In 2019-2020, 39 schools offered a orthodontics/orthodontology 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) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 3 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 23 0
Post-Master’s 28 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Orthodontics/Orthodontology Worth It?

The median salary for a orthodontics/orthodontology grad is $225,760 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 466% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $3,717,200 after 20 years!

undefined

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to orthodontics/orthodontology.

Major Number of Grads
General Dental Clinical Sciences 390
Advanced General Dentistry 189
Other Advanced/Graduate Dentistry & Oral Sciences 146
Oral Biology & Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology 139
Endodontics/Endodontology 133
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics 133
Periodontics/Periodontology 121
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology 77
Dental Public Health & Education 52
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery 40
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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Healthcare Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited healthcare schools across the U.S.