Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists) diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, irregularities and malformations of teeth and associated structures in the mouth and jaw using surgery and other specialist techniques.

Specialisations: Endodontist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Oral Pathologist, Orthodontist, Paedodontist, Periodontist, Prosthodontist.

You must be a qualified and experienced Dentist before you become a Dental Specialist. Specialist training can be undertaken through the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Many Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists) complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Diagnoses dental diseases using a range of methods such as radiographs, salivary tests and medical histories.
  • Provides restorative oral care such as implants, complex crown and bridge restorations, and orthodontics, and repairs damaged and decayed teeth.
  • Provides oral surgical treatments such as biopsy of tissue and prescription of medication.
  • Restores oral function with removable and fixed oral prostheses.
  • Assists in diagnosing general diseases having oral manifestations such as diabetes.
  • Leads a dental team which may comprise of dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental assistants and other dental specialists.

More about Dental Practitioners

  • Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists)
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All Dental Practitioners

  • $1,742 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists)

  • 1,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 27% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists) (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 990 in 2011 to 1,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists) work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (59%).
  • Gender: 27% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance96.9
Education and Training1.3
Public Administration and Safety0.8
Other Services0.6
Other Industries0.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateDental Specialists (including Orthodontists)All Jobs Average
NSW28.731.6
VIC25.625.6
QLD21.820.0
SA9.07.0
WA11.210.8
TAS1.62.0
NT0.01.0
ACT2.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketDental Specialists (including Orthodontists)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.4-9.39.3
25-3410.3-22.922.9
35-4430.7-22.022.0
45-5424.4-21.621.6
55-5913.7-9.09.0
60-649.6-6.06.0
65 and Over10.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationDental Specialists (including Orthodontists)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate84.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree11.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV1.7-21.121.1
Year 121.7-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

You must be a qualified and experienced Dentist before you become a Dental Specialist. Specialist training can be undertaken through the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Many Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists) complete postgraduate studies.

You must also be registered with the Dental Board of Australia.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate
  • be up to date with immunisations

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Employers look for Dental Practitioners who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    83% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  2. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Biology

    64% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  4. English language

    63% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Sales and marketing

    56% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Contact with people

    99% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Unstructured work

    98% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    98% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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