Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists)

ANZSCO ID 252311

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
1,200
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
71%
Female Share
27%
Average age
48

Summary

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.

Qualified and experienced Dentists can undertake specialist training through the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons to become a Dental Specialist. Many workers have a postgraduate qualification.

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.

Characteristics

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

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Dental Practitioners, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 71% of people employed as Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists) work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 5 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 46 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Health Care and Social Assistance
95.9%
2
Education and Training
1.3%
3
Public Administration and Safety
0.8%
4
Other Services
0.6%
5
Other industries
0.4%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

28.7% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

25.6% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

21.8% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

9.0% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

11.2% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.6% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.0% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

2.1% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists) All Jobs Average
NSW 28.7 31.6
VIC 25.6 25.6
QLD 21.8 20.0
SA 9.0 7.0
WA 11.2 10.8
TAS 1.6 2.0
NT 0.0 1.0
ACT 2.1 1.9



Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
48
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
27%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists) is 48 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.

    Females make up 27% of the workforce. This is 21 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 Specialists (including Orthodontists) All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 0.4 9.3
25-34 10.3 22.9
35-44 30.7 22.0
45-54 24.4 21.6
55-59 13.7 9.0
60-64 9.6 6.0
65 and Over 10.9 4.2
Median Age 48 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

Qualified and experienced Dentists can undertake specialist training through the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons to become a Dental Specialist. Many workers have a postgraduate qualification.

Registration with the Dental Board of Australia is required.

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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 Specialists (including Orthodontists) All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 84.1 10.1
Bachelor degree 11.5 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 0.9 11.6
Certificate III/IV 1.7 21.1
Year 12 1.7 18.1
Year 11 0.0 4.8
Year 10 and below 0.0 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.

  • 59%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 57%

    Critical thinking

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

  • 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%

    Active learning

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

  • 55%

    Active listening

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

  • 55%

    Operations analysis

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  • 54%

    Judgment and decision making

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

  • 54%

    Monitoring

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

  • 54%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 54%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 52%

    Complex problem solving

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

  • 52%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 52%

    Science

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  • 48%

    Learning strategies

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

  • 48%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 46%

    Management of personnel resources

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

  • 46%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 43%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 83%

    Medicine and dentistry

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

  • 68%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 64%

    Biology

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

  • 63%

    English language

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

  • 56%

    Sales and marketing

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

  • 55%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 53%

    Administration and management

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

  • 52%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 51%

    Psychology

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

  • 48%

    Chemistry

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

  • 48%

    Physics

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

  • 46%

    Economics and accounting

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

  • 45%

    Education and training

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

  • 45%

    Clerical

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

  • 43%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 40%

    Engineering and technology

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

  • 33%

    Law and government

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

  • 30%

    Technical design

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

  • 29%

    Mechanical

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

  • 28%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 70%

    Problem spotting

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

  • 61%

    Near vision

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

  • 59%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 59%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 57%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 57%

    Inductive reasoning

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

  • 57%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 57%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 57%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 57%

    Control precision

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

  • 55%

    Manual dexterity

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

  • 55%

    Sorting or ordering

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

  • 54%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 50%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 50%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 48%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 46%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 46%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 45%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 45%

    Brainstorming

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


Activities

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

  • 78%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

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

  • 77%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 75%

    Making decisions and solving problems

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

  • 70%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 69%

    Planning and prioritising work

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

  • 68%

    Looking for changes over time

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

  • 68%

    Managing payments and orders

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  • 68%

    Collecting and organising information

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

  • 66%

    Training and teaching others

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  • 64%

    Giving expert advice

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  • 63%

    Coaching and developing others

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  • 62%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 61%

    Working with the public

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

  • 60%

    Guiding and directing staff

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

  • 60%

    Checking compliance with standards

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

  • 60%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 57%

    Communicating within a team

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

  • 54%

    Assessing and evaluating things

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

  • 53%

    Documenting or recording information

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

  • 50%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.


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.

  • 67%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 48%

    Enterprising

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

  • 33%

    Administrative

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

  • 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%

    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.

  • 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.

  • 86%

    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.

  • 57%

    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%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

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

  • 99%

    Contact with people

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

  • 99%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 98%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 98%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 97%

    Responsible for outcomes

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

  • 96%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 95%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 95%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 95%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 94%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 94%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

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

  • 93%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 91%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 91%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 91%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 90%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 90%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 88%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 87%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

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