Choosing to work as a dental assistant provides you with a decent salary, and a long term, sustainable career. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reports that for the period between 2010-2020, there will be a 31% growth rate for this career.
That’s much higher than the growth rate for most careers, and in this case, it equates to slightly more than 90,000 new jobs in this time period.
Salary levels are good too, considering that you can be a fully trained dental assistant within 1-2 years. For 2010, the median salary was slightly over $33,000. That means 50% of professionals earned more, and 50% earned less.
Perhaps most importantly, this is a job that cannot be outsourced overseas. These days, there is real security in this knowledge.
From a day-today work perspective the dental assistant’s main job is to aid the dentist as he or she works on patients.
His or her job is to always be one step ahead of the dentist, anticipating when he or she will need a suction house, a tool, a surgical item, a drill (and so on) and hand it over exactly when he or she needs it.
This ensures the dentist’s focus is 100% on the patient, and free from distractions.
Of course, that’s not all that is involved in dental assisting; you’ll be expected to sterilize tools, develop x-rays and do other tasks that leverage the dentist’s time.
If this sounds interesting to you, check out our local listing of dental assisting programs near you… we’re sure you’ll find something helpful there!