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Dentist

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Average Salary: 
$142,000
Length of Education: 
8 years
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Dentists do more that keep teeth white! Good oral health is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

In addition to providing instruction on brushing, flossing, and avoiding sugary drinks, dentists fill cavities, remove teeth, straighten teeth, examine x-rays, and check tissues in the mouth for signs of cancer and other diseases. Dental care is essential to keep patients happy and healthy.

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Optometrist

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Average Salary: 
$95,000
Length of Education: 
8 years
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Optometrists are a specially trained health care professional who receives a four-year Doctor of Optometry degree.

They are responsible for the main vision correction, and screen for advanced medical conditions of the eye, like glaucoma or complications of diabetes.

Furthermore, optometrists may treat patients who have limited sight and provide pre-and post-operative care after patients’ undergo eye surgery.

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Pharmacist

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Average Salary: 
$112,000
Length of Education: 
6 years
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Pharmacists must have an advanced Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and are responsible for filling prescriptions; ensuring medications do not conflict with each other, and provide advice to patients and doctors about possible side effects and alternative therapies.

Pharmacists can work in out-patient pharmacies filling prescriptions, or in hospitals working closely with other professionals to guide the care of very sick patients. Pharmacists also counsel patients on medical devices and equipment that may improve their quality of life.

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Audiologist

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Average Salary: 
$70,000
Length of Education: 
8 years
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Audiologists are responsible for treating hearing and balance problems and work with patients of all ages. Using specialized equipment, audiologists will test hearing and balance, determine the extent of hearing damage, and find the underlying cause of a patients hearing or balance symptoms.

Audiologists also treat these problems, with hearing aids, cochlear implants, or cleaning wax from the ear canal. For patients with total hearing loss, audiologists will teach patients lip reading or American Sign Language. Audiologists receive a doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D.), a four-year professional degree.

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Physician

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Average Salary: 
$175,000
Length of Education: 
10 years
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There many kinds of physicians, with many specializations: Family medicine and primary care, surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, radiology, and many, many more. There are two different types of medical degrees: DO’s and MD’s. Both MD’s and DO’s can specialize in every type of medicine, but have different educational philosophies. Learn more about DO’s here..

In order to become a practicing doctor, students must complete a rigorous bachelor’s degree, four years of medical school, three to five years of a residency, and often additional fellowship training. Learn more about different medical specialties here.

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Chiropractor

Average Salary: 
$95,000
Length of Education: 
8 years
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Chiropractors, also known as doctors of chiropractic or chiropractic physicians, diagnose and treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system and treat the effects of those problems on the nervous system and on general health. Many chiropractic treatments deal specifically with the spine and the manipulation of the spine. Chiropractic is based on the principle that spinal joint misalignments interfere with the nervous system and can result in lower resistance to disease and many different conditions of diminished health.

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