Dental Practitioners

ANZSCO ID 2523

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
16,900
Future Growth
27.8%
Weekly Earnings
$2,297
Full-Time Share
64%
Female Share
42%
Average age
41

Summary

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.

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

Characteristics

Job Type
Professionals
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
Below average
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
Interests
  • Practical
  • Analytical
  • Helping
Physical Demand
  • Light

Outlook

Employment Outlook

JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:

  • is expected to grow very strongly
  • is likely to reach 22,300 by 2026.
  • Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.

    Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

    Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.

Projected Change
27.8%
(or 4,900 jobs)
From
17,500
in 2021
To
22,300
in 2026

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Year Employment
2011 15,000
2012 11,700
2013 14,400
2014 9,500
2015 9,700
2016 14,000
2017 16,200
2018 15,000
2019 16,200
2020 11,900
2021 17,500
2026 22,300

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 64% of people employed as Dental Practitioners work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is similar to the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Median full-time earnings are $2,297 per week, this is much higher than weekly earnings for all jobs ($1,593).

    Median hourly earnings are $60, this is more than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).

    Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Earnings Dental Practitioners All Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings 2,297 1,593
Total Earnings 0 0

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.


Industries

Main industries

1
Health Care and Social Assistance
93.3%
2
Education and Training
3.6%
3
Financial and Insurance Services
3.1%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

32.3% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

24.5% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

20.9% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

7.3% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

10.9% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.5% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.6% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.9% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Dental Practitioners All Jobs Average
NSW 32.3 31.6
VIC 24.5 25.6
QLD 20.9 20.0
SA 7.3 7.0
WA 10.9 10.8
TAS 1.5 2.0
NT 0.6 1.0
ACT 1.9 1.9


  • Around 73% of Dental Practitioners live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
41
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
42%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Dental Practitioners is 41 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.

    Females make up 42% of the workforce. This is 6 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

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 Bracket Dental Practitioners All Jobs Average
15-19 0.1 5.0
20-24 3.5 9.3
25-34 29.0 22.9
35-44 26.2 22.0
45-54 19.0 21.6
55-59 9.1 9.0
60-64 6.6 6.0
65 and Over 6.4 4.2
Median Age 41 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A formal qualification in dentistry is needed to work as a Dental Practitioner. Some workers have a postgraduate qualification.

Registration with the Dental Board of Australia is required.

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

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 Qualification Dental Practitioners All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 23.4 10.1
Bachelor degree 73.3 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 1.0 11.6
Certificate III/IV 0.7 21.1
Year 12 1.4 18.1
Year 11 0.0 4.8
Year 10 and below 0.1 12.5

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.


Skills and 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.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 71%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 64%

    Active learning

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

  • 63%

    Critical thinking

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

  • 59%

    Complex problem solving

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

  • 59%

    Judgment and decision making

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

  • 57%

    Active listening

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

  • 57%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 57%

    Monitoring

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

  • 57%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 57%

    Time management

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

  • 57%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 55%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 55%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 54%

    Science

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  • 54%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 54%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 54%

    Management of personnel resources

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

  • 54%

    Learning strategies

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

  • 45%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 43%

    Management of financial resources

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


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 81%

    Medicine and dentistry

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

  • 78%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 59%

    English language

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

  • 58%

    Psychology

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

  • 55%

    Education and training

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

  • 54%

    Chemistry

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

  • 53%

    Biology

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

  • 52%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 51%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 49%

    Administration and management

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

  • 48%

    Mechanical

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

  • 42%

    Clerical

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

  • 38%

    Engineering and technology

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

  • 38%

    Economics and accounting

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

  • 38%

    Physics

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

  • 37%

    Sales and marketing

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

  • 37%

    Technical design

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

  • 35%

    Production and processing

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

  • 33%

    Law and government

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

  • 32%

    Public safety and security

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


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 80%

    Control precision

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

  • 75%

    Inductive reasoning

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

  • 73%

    Problem spotting

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

  • 71%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 70%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 70%

    Near vision

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

  • 68%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 66%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 66%

    Manual dexterity

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

  • 66%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 61%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 57%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 57%

    Sorting or ordering

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

  • 55%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 55%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 54%

    Brainstorming

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

  • 54%

    Flexibility of closure

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

  • 54%

    Multilimb coordination

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

  • 52%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 48%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.


Activities

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

  • 86%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

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

  • 79%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 78%

    Controlling equipment or machines

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

  • 78%

    Looking for changes over time

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

  • 77%

    Working with the public

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

  • 76%

    Making decisions and solving problems

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

  • 75%

    Planning and prioritising work

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

  • 74%

    Checking compliance with standards

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

  • 72%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 72%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 71%

    Documenting or recording information

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

  • 70%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

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

  • 69%

    Collecting and organising information

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

  • 68%

    Coordinating the work of a team

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

  • 67%

    Communicating within a team

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

  • 67%

    Assessing and evaluating things

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

  • 66%

    Guiding and directing staff

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

  • 64%

    Scheduling work and activities

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

  • 62%

    Checking for errors or defects

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

  • 57%

    Leading and encouraging a team

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


Interests and demands

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.

Interests

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

  • 100%

    Analytical

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

  • 76%

    Practical

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

  • 57%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 43%

    Administrative

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

  • 33%

    Enterprising

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

  • 24%

    Creative

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


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 95%

    Independence

    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.

  • 86%

    Achievement

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

  • 86%

    Relationships

    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.

  • 83%

    Working conditions

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

  • 81%

    Recognition

    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.

  • 48%

    Support

    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.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 100%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 99%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 98%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 97%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 97%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 96%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 96%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 96%

    Disease or infection

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  • 95%

    Responsible for outcomes

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

  • 95%

    Contact with people

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

  • 95%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 93%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 93%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

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

  • 93%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

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

  • 92%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 92%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 92%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 90%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 88%

    Radiation

    Be exposed to radiation.

  • 85%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

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