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Military Oral Pathologists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Oral pathologists examine, diagnose, research, and manage diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. Through research and examinations, these specialists are able to help diagnose and treat the conditions and diseases affecting our service members and their families. Oral pathologists are critical members of the military dental community.

Work Environment

Oral pathologists work in hospitals and dental clinics on land and aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Oral Pathologists in the Military

1,330

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Salary

Average Salary

$125,513

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 72%
  • Doctoral degree 19%
  • First professional degree 7%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Oral pathologists have a doctorate degree in dental medicine or dental surgery. Oral pathologists who participate in military-sponsored residency programs receive renowned education. All dentists in the Military gain exposure to nearly every major facet of dentistry in a wide range of healthcare environments. Like other healthcare officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, the military health system, and leadership development. Preventive dentistryDental office proceduresRadiology (X-ray) techniquesDental hygiene procedures

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership

Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Biology
  • English Language

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