In 2006 over 786,000 people were employed in the dental work force earning total wages in excess of $33 billion.
So says a statistical map recently released by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). The map, entitled "The Economic Contribution of the Dentistry Profession in 2006," enumerates the dental employees per congressional district and their earnings.
The data was compiled from the 2006 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, and Occupational Employment Statistics Survey.
"We know that legislators and their staffs are very interested in the demographics of their constituency as they make voting and co-sponsorship decisions," said AGD's Washington lobbyist Janet Kopenhaver in a press release. "These statistics and details on how many of their constituents are employed in the dentistry profession should be taken into consideration as legislators consider supporting and co-sponsoring the AGD legislative priorities for this year."