We surveyed 1,558 dentists to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical dentist. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a dentist?

Low

High

Working as a dentist typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that dentists are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a dentist?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a dentist typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a dentist?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a dentist. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for dentists.

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Do dentists work full-time or part-time?

74% of dentists work in full-time roles while 26% work part-time.

Is being a dentist stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst dentists, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a dentist?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a dentist.

How competitive is the workplace for dentists?

Low

High

Dentists see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a dentist require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Dentists will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are dentists allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Dentists are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do dentists have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Dentists have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

Is being a dentist physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a dentist requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are dentists exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, dentists tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a dentist require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for dentists.

Does being a good dentist require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a dentist.