Are you looking for a stable, long-term career that is expected to continue to be in demand? The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for Dental Assistants to increase by 25% – “much faster than average” – between 2012 and 2022. If you’re looking for a rewarding career where you will help people, becoming a Dental Assistant might be right for you.
Now that Dental Assistants are taking on expanded functions and responsibilities, it is a great time to get started in this field as it expands. Another great thing about becoming a Dental Assistant is that it requires no degree from a two or a four year institution.
The typical day of a Dental Assistant includes everything from taking x-rays to assisting dentists with procedures.
Dental Assistant Responsibilities*
- Record Dental Charting of Patients
- Prepare Exam / Treatment Rooms and Instruments
- Take Digital and Film X-Rays
- Assist Dentist During Procedures (Chairside)
- Conduct Certain Dental Laboratory Procedures
- Clean Appliances
- Perform Administrative Work
* Source: Dental Assistant National Board
Dental Assistant with Expanded Function: Curriculum
- Dental Anatomy, Oral Pathology, and Terminology
- Dental Materials Examination
- Chairside Assisting Techniques
- Instrument Preparation
- Laboratory Procedures
- Reception and Office Management Procedures
For salary information, please refer to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. Please keep in mind that wages vary depending on where you live, your level of experience, and the type of organization hiring.