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Locum Tenens Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform surgeries on the face, mouth and the jaw. So what does that mean? Well, these professionals are dentists with at least four years of additional surgery training, so they can do everything from treating facial traumas to fixing cleft lips. They can diagnose and treat patients with head, neck and oral cancer. They can even administer anesthesia and perform cosmetic surgeries, such as facelifts. But even though their specialty is specific, the technology used to treat and operate on the face, mouth and jaw is constantly evolving.
“You have to have a commitment to lifelong learning,” says Louis Rafetto, president-elect of the American Association of Maxillofacial Surgeons, chairman of the oral and maxillofacial residency program at Christiana Care Health Systems and a private practitioner in Wilmington, Delaware. In general, Rafetto says “the surgeries will stay the same, but the way we do them will change.”
As the baby boom population ages, there will likely be an increasing demand for the sort of complicated oral and facial treatments and surgeries that these health care professionals can offer. The BLS predicts that this profession will grow by 18 percent, or the equivalent of 1,200 new jobs from 2014 to 2024.
$187,199 Median Salary
0.2% Unemployment Rate
1,200 Number of Jobs