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Oral Pathologists

Health Science

Work Environment

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

  • Military Status

    Officer

  • Average Military Salary

    $154,878

Overview

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.

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. Learn more about becoming officer, here. 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.

Helpful Attributes

  • Desire to help others
  • Good eye-hand coordination
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

Related Civilian Careers

  • Dentists, All Other Specialists