Oral surgeons have 18% projected job growth through 2024: 6 things to know

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Equipped with a DDS or DMD degree, dental professionals can become oral surgeons following completion of a four-year oral surgery residency.

Here are six things to know about oral surgeons, according to learn.org.

1. Between 2014 and 2024, the profession has a projected job growth rate of 18 percent.

2. Oral surgeons perform tooth extractions, jaw realignments, cleft lip repairs and dental implant insertions.

3. Some states require licensure in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The majority of states require dentists to graduate from an accredited dental program and pass the National Board Dental Examination written exams in addition to a state-level practical exam.

4. Mean salary for oral surgeons was $233,900 in 2015.

5. For oral surgeons employed at dental offices, their mean annual salary totaled $243,240 in 2015.

6. Oral surgeons working in outpatient care centers had a mean annual salary of $195,720 in 2015.  

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