An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a type of physician who specializes in invasive surgical procedures related to the face, mouth, jaws, and the head and neck in general. The job of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can also include some additional procedures such as the removal of particularly difficult teeth, and dealing with strange formations and build-ups in their patients’ bodies. Additionally, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon can install and perform maintenance on correctional devices and various other helping tools to aid their patients.
As with most other jobs in the medical sector, getting hired as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon isn’t easy – especially since it’s a surgical position. There’s a long educational process involved, and candidates are typically required to specialize longer than most other types of physicians. Also, the actual part of becoming a surgeon can take additionally long time and be demanding on the candidate, though also produce rewarding results in the end according to most accounts.
The average annual salary of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon ranges between $190,000 – $330,000, and the job is one of the best-paying surgical positions in general. The job market is quite attractive as well, as the demand for the position is extremely high in some locations and this makes it a very attractive choice for many people wishing to pursue a career in the medical field. However, the high educational requirements attached to it can turn some candidates away.