Dental Assistant Jobs

Dental Assistant Overview


Dental Assistants work side-by-side with dentists, and they also have a variety of administrative duties in a dental office. They are sometimes responsible for scheduling appointments, keeping records and taking X-rays of patients' mouths. Dental Assistants are also responsible for sterilizing dental equipment and making sure that patients are comfortable. Dental Assistants prepare patients for dental procedures and are usually in charge of performing work like coronal polishing, sealant application, fluoride application and topical anesthetics application. Assistants must be detail-oriented and exhibit good communication skills because they will be working directly with the public. Similar positions include Dental Hygienist Jobs.

Dental Assistant Education Requirements


One may become a Dental Assistant after completing a technical training program, which is usually offered at community college. Some programs last one year, and others may last two. Such programs include hands-on training with dentists to help prepare students for the workforce. However, one does not necessarily have to complete a formal training program to become a Dental Assistant. In some cases, one may simply have a high school diploma and learn required duties through on-the-job training. Some regions require Dental Assistants to pass exams to complete certain tasks, like coronal polishing.

Dental Assistant Job Market


The job outlook for this field is especially promising because the demand for Dental Assistants is expected to increase by 25 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than the average increase for all occupations. The increasing demand for Dental Assistants can be attributed to ongoing research that links dental health to overall general health.

Dental Assistant Salary


The median annual wage for Dental Assistants is $35,080. Dental Assistants in the highest-earning percentile make as much as $47,580 annually, and they typically work for insurance carriers, specialty hospitals, federal executive branches, facility support services and state government agencies. Most Dental Assistants are employed by dentists' offices, outpatient care centers, physicians' offices and other health care services.
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Dental Asst & Receptionist for Oral surgery. Exp a must. FT/PT. Great benefits. Spring Hill/Lecanto office. Email resumes ***** Reference Code:44129...
Company Confidential hesperia, CA, 92392
Dental Reg. Dental Assistant Immediate Opening Private general family practice seeking professional Back Office RDA. Contact office at 760- 948-0040 or fax resume to 760-948-4884....
Founded in 1970 as South Philadelphia Health Action and subsequently incorporated as Greater Philadelphia Health Action, GPHA is a non-profit organization with a commitment to provide compassionate and affordable healthcare services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. We are presently seeking Dental Assistants Dental Customer Service Representatives and Expanded Functions Dental Assista...
Dakota Prosthodontics and Implant Center Dental office seeking experienced FT Certified Dental Assistant PT Dental Hygienist Send Resume to BB 1200 in c/o The Bismarck Tribune PO Box 5516 Bismarck, ND 58506-5516....
Are you looking for a new opportunity to build your resume, grow in your career, and be a part of a successful and growing organization? Familia Dental has a great opportunity for a dynamic Dental Assistant. This highly sought after position is a well-respected role. Familia Development & Management is a leader in the healthcare industry. The success of Familia Development & Management spans in 2...
DENTAL - Great dental team seeks: PT/FT Hygienist with soft tissue management knowledge. PT/FT Assistant (x-ray license req'd) We are looking for someone with exp, a good work ethic & a great personality. We work hard in our busy practice, but have fun. Lyons Family Dentistry. Bordetown, NJ. Email resume to: ***** or fax to: 609-296-7002...
In cities, towns and rural areas, Midwest Dental is proud to serve our hometown communities. Midwest Dental clinical team members serve the dental care needs of patients in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri. Our Support Center and office support team members provide the dental offices with administrative support for a variety of non-clinical functions so clinical team membe...
Instructor in Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene (Tenure Track) Reports to: Dean of Health Sciences Goal Statement: Teach and assess student-learning outcomes in Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene courses. In collaboration with colleagues, responsible for ongoing curriculum evaluation and improvement within the context of LCCC’s general education objectives and articulation requirements. Facilita...
BECOME A DENTAL ASSISTANT IN ONLY 8 SATURDAYS! A career in Dental Assisting is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to start their career or making a career change. Why choose C.A.P. Stone Dental Assisting Program? Convenient Saturday class schedule Affordable tuition- includes EVERYTHING you need in attending the program Financial assistance- with NO interest if paid in full or a low ...
DENTAL Expanded Functions (Duties) Dental Assistant WESTFIELD Our practice is seeking a high-energy person to become our Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. This person must be a strong communicator with a passion for dentistry and have a positive, can-do attitude. Candidates must have 3 years chair side experience. X-ray certification is required and Dentrix experience is a plus. This i...
DENTAL Expanded Functions (Duties) Dental Assistant Knightstown Our practice is seeking a high-energy person to fulfill our part-time Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. This person must be a strong communicator with a passion for dentistry and have a positive, can-do attitude. Candidates must have 3 years chair side experience. X-ray certification is required and Dentrix experience is a p...
We are looking for a people person that loves serving people and is a team player. Must have at least two years experience and/or a certified dental assisting degree, C.D.A. A professional appearance is a must and good communication skills with all types of people! We honestly look forward to meeting this new TEAM member....
With 18 locations across North Carolina, University Dental Associates is uniquely situated to deliver comprehensive dental services in convenient community locations. As a group dental practice comprised of dentists and specialty doctors, UDA is able to provide general and specialty dental care for ages five and up in modern, friendly offices. University Dental Associates is nationally recognized ...
Company Confidential Wake Forest, NC, 27857
Become a Dental Assistant in 12 weeks! Great pay and opportunities. New Year, New Career! Classes are Saturday Only and start Jan. 3rd! GI Bill, Military Spouse Benefits & Payment Plans available. Call to see if you can qualify to take this course for FREE. 877-432-3555 or visit www.ncdentalu.com As published in The Daily Reflector...
Aspen Dental is on a mission to give America a healthy mouth. By joining Aspen Dental you are not only making a statement that you are committed to providing quality care but you are also becoming a part of a collaborative network of dental professionals. For an estimated 47 million Americans, lack of access to affordable dental care is a real problem and by aligning with Aspen Dental you can be p...
Aspen Dental is on a mission to give America a healthy mouth. By joining Aspen Dental you are not only making a statement that you are committed to providing quality care but you are also becoming a part of a collaborative network of dental professionals. For an estimated 47 million Americans, lack of access to affordable dental care is a real problem and by aligning with Aspen Dental you can be p...
Aspen Dental is on a mission to give America a healthy mouth. By joining Aspen Dental you are not only making a statement that you are committed to providing quality care but you are also becoming a part of a collaborative network of dental professionals. For an estimated 47 million Americans, lack of access to affordable dental care is a real problem and by aligning with Aspen Dental you can be p...
Company Confidential Crossville, TN, 38555
Plateau Family Dentistry seeks a dental assistant. Must be energetic, quality-driven, and the ability to take ownership ove the position. Please email resume ***** Email resume *****...
Company Confidential Marion, NC, 28752
DENTAL ASSISTANT The Collins Dental Center, a program of RPM Health District, is looking for a 32 hour per week Dental Assistant II working on the mobile dental unit. This position will primarily be serving in McDowell County. Preference will be given to applicants who have education/training/experience that would qualify them as a Dental Assistant II as defined by the dental laws of N.C. Applic...
Dental Assistant This opportunity is a full time 40 hours per week position. Candidate will perform chair side assistance in all operative and dental treatment procedures. Performs office and clerical procedures relative to patient records, appointments and fees. Assist, perform and demonstrate dental services such as four-handed dentistry, taking and processing impressions and x-rays, radiographi...

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Dental Assistant

Salaries

$20,800.00 - $45,760.00
Typical Salary for Dental Assistant
(641 Respondents)
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Education / Training

Certification
33.7%
Some College Coursework Completed
20.4%
Vocational
15.1%
High School
9.7%
Associates
9.3%
Bachelor's
7.5%
Professional
2.5%
(279 Respondents)
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