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SOC Codes for Dentists, Hygienists and Assistants

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In 2019, the SOC code for employees may be required by your taxing authority. The 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system is a federal statistical standard used by federal agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data. All workers are classified into one of 867 detailed occupations according to their occupational definition. To facilitate classification, detailed occupations are combined to form 459 broad occupations, 98 minor groups, and 23 major groups. Detailed occupations in the SOC with similar job duties, and in some cases skills, education, and/or training, are grouped together.

Dentists as well as Dental Hygienists and Dental assistants each have their own code. Some offices may put their administration staff as either administration or dental assisting.

SOC Group

The SOC Group for the most in dental occupations with be 29. Under the the group 29 are:

29-1020 Dentists

  • 29-1021 Dentists, General

    Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care. Excludes "Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons" (29-1022), "Orthodontists" (29-1023), "Prosthodontists" (29-1024), and "Dentists, All Other Specialists" (29-1029).

    Illustrative examples: Family Dentist

  • 29-1022 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

    Perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects. May diagnose problems of the oral and maxillofacial regions. May perform surgery to improve function or appearance.

    Illustrative examples: Dental Surgeon

  • 29-1023 Orthodontists

    Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.

    Illustrative examples: Dentofacial Orthopedics Dentist , Invisible Braces Orthodontist , Pediatric Orthodontist

  • 29-1024 Prosthodontists

    Diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, design, and fit prostheses that maintain oral function, health, and appearance for patients with clinical conditions associated with teeth, oral and maxillofacial tissues, or the jaw.

    Illustrative examples: Maxillofacial Prosthetics Dentist , Reconstructive Dentist

  • 29-1029 Dentists, All Other Specialists

    All dentists not listed separately.

    Illustrative examples: Endodontist , Oral Pathologist , Periodontist

Healthcare Support Occupations

  • 29-1292 Dental Hygienists

    Administer oral hygiene care to patients. Assess patient oral hygiene problems or needs and maintain health records. Advise patients on oral health maintenance and disease prevention. May provide advanced care such as providing fluoride treatment or administering topical anesthesia.

    Illustrative examples: Oral Hygienist , Registered Dental Hygienist

  • 31-9091 Dental Assistants

    Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.

    Illustrative examples: Certified Dental Assistant , Orthodontic Assistant

  • 31-9099 Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

    All healthcare support workers not listed separately.


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