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Dental Practitioners

ANZSCO ID 2523

Overview

All Dental Practitioners

  • $1,742 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 14,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 42% female Gender Share

Dental Practitioners diagnose and treat dental disease, restore normal oral function using a broad range of treatments, such as surgery and other specialist techniques, and advise on oral health.

You need a formal qualification in dentistry to work as a Dental Practitioner. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • diagnosing dental diseases using a range of methods such as radiographs, salivary tests and medical histories
  • providing preventative oral health care such as periodontal treatments, fluoride applications and oral health promotion
  • providing restorative oral care such as implants, complex crown and bridge restorations, and orthodontics, and repairing damaged and decayed teeth
  • providing oral surgical treatments such as biopsy of tissue and prescription of medication
  • performing routine orthodontic treatment
  • restoring oral function with removable and fixed oral prostheses
  • assisting in diagnosing general diseases having oral manifestations such as diabetes
  • educating patients to take care of their mouth and teeth
  • leading a dental team which may comprise Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants and other Dental Specialists

Prospects

Pathways

You need a formal qualification in dentistry to work as a Dental Practitioner. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration with the Dental Board of Australia is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    81% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    78% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Psychology

    58% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  5. Education and training

    55% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  6. Chemistry

    54% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. Biology

    53% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    52% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Personnel and human resources

    51% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  10. Administration and management

    49% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  12. Clerical

    42% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  13. Engineering and technology

    38% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  14. Economics and accounting

    38% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  15. Physics

    38% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  16. Sales and marketing

    37% Skill level

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

  17. Technical design

    37% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  18. Production and processing

    35% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Law and government

    33% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Public safety and security

    32% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active learning

    64% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  3. Critical thinking

    63% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  5. Judgment and decision making

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  6. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Coordination with others

    57% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  8. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  10. Time management

    57% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  11. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Persuasion

    55% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  13. Instructing

    55% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Science

    54% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  15. Serving others

    54% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    54% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Management of personnel resources

    54% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  18. Learning strategies

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  19. Negotiation

    45% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  20. Management of financial resources

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    80% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  2. Inductive reasoning

    75% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  3. Problem spotting

    73% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  4. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    70% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Near vision

    70% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  7. Finger dexterity

    68% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  8. Arm-hand steadiness

    66% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  9. Manual dexterity

    66% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  10. Oral expression

    66% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  11. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  12. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  14. Selective attention

    55% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Speech recognition

    55% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    54% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Multilimb coordination

    54% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  19. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  20. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    86% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Helping and caring for others

    79% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    78% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  4. Looking for changes over time

    78% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Working with the public

    77% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    76% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    75% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  8. Checking compliance with standards

    74% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  9. Researching and investigating

    72% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  10. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  11. Documenting or recording information

    71% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    70% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  13. Collecting and organising information

    69% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  14. Coordinating the work of a team

    68% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  15. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    67% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  17. Guiding and directing staff

    66% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    64% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  19. Checking for errors or defects

    62% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    57% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1021.00 - Dentists, General.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    100% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Physically close to people

    99% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  3. Frequent decision making

    98% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  4. Teamwork

    97% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Impact of decisions

    97% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  6. Being exact or accurate

    96% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  7. Unstructured work

    96% Important

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

  8. Disease or infection

    96% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  9. Responsible for outcomes

    95% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  10. Contact with people

    95% Important

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

  11. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    93% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    93% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  14. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

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

  15. Making repetitive motions

    92% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  16. Telephone

    92% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  17. Health and safety of others

    92% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  18. Contact with the public

    90% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  19. Radiation

    88% Important

    Be exposed to radiation.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    85% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    95% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Relationships

    86% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Working conditions

    83% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    81% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    48% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    76% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Helping

    57% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1021.00 - Dentists, General.

All Dental Practitioners

  • $1,742 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 14,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 42% female Gender Share

Dental Practitioners diagnose and treat dental disease, restore normal oral function using a broad range of treatments, such as surgery and other specialist techniques, and advise on oral health.

You need a formal qualification in dentistry to work as a Dental Practitioner. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • diagnosing dental diseases using a range of methods such as radiographs, salivary tests and medical histories
  • providing preventative oral health care such as periodontal treatments, fluoride applications and oral health promotion
  • providing restorative oral care such as implants, complex crown and bridge restorations, and orthodontics, and repairing damaged and decayed teeth
  • providing oral surgical treatments such as biopsy of tissue and prescription of medication
  • performing routine orthodontic treatment
  • restoring oral function with removable and fixed oral prostheses
  • assisting in diagnosing general diseases having oral manifestations such as diabetes
  • educating patients to take care of their mouth and teeth
  • leading a dental team which may comprise Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants and other Dental Specialists

You need a formal qualification in dentistry to work as a Dental Practitioner. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration with the Dental Board of Australia is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    81% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    78% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Psychology

    58% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  5. Education and training

    55% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  6. Chemistry

    54% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. Biology

    53% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    52% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Personnel and human resources

    51% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  10. Administration and management

    49% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  12. Clerical

    42% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  13. Engineering and technology

    38% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  14. Economics and accounting

    38% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  15. Physics

    38% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  16. Sales and marketing

    37% Skill level

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

  17. Technical design

    37% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  18. Production and processing

    35% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Law and government

    33% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Public safety and security

    32% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active learning

    64% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  3. Critical thinking

    63% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  5. Judgment and decision making

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  6. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Coordination with others

    57% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  8. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  10. Time management

    57% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  11. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Persuasion

    55% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  13. Instructing

    55% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Science

    54% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  15. Serving others

    54% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    54% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Management of personnel resources

    54% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  18. Learning strategies

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  19. Negotiation

    45% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  20. Management of financial resources

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    80% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  2. Inductive reasoning

    75% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  3. Problem spotting

    73% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  4. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    70% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Near vision

    70% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  7. Finger dexterity

    68% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  8. Arm-hand steadiness

    66% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  9. Manual dexterity

    66% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  10. Oral expression

    66% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  11. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  12. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  14. Selective attention

    55% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Speech recognition

    55% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    54% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Multilimb coordination

    54% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  19. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  20. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    86% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Helping and caring for others

    79% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    78% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  4. Looking for changes over time

    78% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Working with the public

    77% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    76% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    75% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  8. Checking compliance with standards

    74% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  9. Researching and investigating

    72% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  10. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  11. Documenting or recording information

    71% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    70% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  13. Collecting and organising information

    69% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  14. Coordinating the work of a team

    68% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  15. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    67% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  17. Guiding and directing staff

    66% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    64% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  19. Checking for errors or defects

    62% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    57% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1021.00 - Dentists, General.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    100% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Physically close to people

    99% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  3. Frequent decision making

    98% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  4. Teamwork

    97% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Impact of decisions

    97% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  6. Being exact or accurate

    96% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  7. Unstructured work

    96% Important

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

  8. Disease or infection

    96% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  9. Responsible for outcomes

    95% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  10. Contact with people

    95% Important

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

  11. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    93% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    93% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  14. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

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

  15. Making repetitive motions

    92% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  16. Telephone

    92% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  17. Health and safety of others

    92% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  18. Contact with the public

    90% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  19. Radiation

    88% Important

    Be exposed to radiation.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    85% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    95% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Relationships

    86% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Working conditions

    83% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    81% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    48% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    76% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Helping

    57% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1021.00 - Dentists, General.
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