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Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics

29 Master's Degrees Annually
$175,840 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many pediatric dentistry/pedodontics graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Graduate Certificate 109
Master’s Degree 24

What Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to pediatric dentistry/pedodontics and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics Majors

Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • 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 Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics Majors

A major in pediatric dentistry/pedodontics prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics Majors

As a pediatric dentistry/pedodontics major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • 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.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • 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).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

What Can You Do With a Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics Major?

People with a pediatric dentistry/pedodontics degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Dentists, General 19.4% $151,850

How Much Do Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to pediatric dentistry/pedodontics is $175,840. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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.

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Some degrees associated with pediatric dentistry/pedodontics 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to pediatric dentistry/pedodontics have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Some College Courses 7.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.7%
Master’s Degree 5.8%
Doctoral Degree 82.1%

Online Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 25 schools offered some type of pediatric dentistry/pedodontics program. 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 9 0
Post-Master’s 19 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics Worth It?

The median salary for a pediatric dentistry/pedodontics grad is $175,840 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 341% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $2,718,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to pediatric dentistry/pedodontics.

Major Number of Grads
General Dental Clinical Sciences 390
Orthodontics/Orthodontology 280
Advanced General Dentistry 189
Other Advanced/Graduate Dentistry & Oral Sciences 146
Oral Biology & Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology 139
Endodontics/Endodontology 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.

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