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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Experienced dental assistant Part-time. Clarkston. 248-625-4455...
Company Confidential LEOMINSTER, MA, 01453
DENTAL ASSISTANT FT position with 2 yrs. exp in a busy family practice in Leominster. Fax resume to: 978-537-9719 or bring resume to 23 Mill St, Leominster, MA 01453...
Company Confidential Valparaiso, IN, 46385
FT/PT Hygienist and Assistant Valparaiso Dental Office Please send resume to: 2001 Roosevelt Road Valparaiso, IN *****...
DENTAL ASSISTANT - Immed. opening for a fulltime CDA/DA II position. Applicant must have a friendly, compassionate personality. Only team players, with a positive, professional attitude need apply, Send resume to: Richard R. Barbaro, DDS, PA 6523 Dental Lane, Fayetteville NC 28314...
Certified Dental Assistant needed. 5 years must be able to work alone with Dentrix G4 and digital xays. Training an assistant is not an option so please only apply if truly experienced. Proficient in all areas of dental assisting expanded duties. Must be an excellent time manager as you will be working two rooms. Must be able to explain treatment procedures and answer patient questions regarding t...
Da Vinci Dental Specialists is looking for a Dental Assistant to join our team of dedicated dental professionals. We need a team player who is able to take direction, as well as to work independently and self-start. Communication, organization, multitasking, attention to detail, leadership and the pursuit of knowledge are all a regular part of our day. Ultimately, we are all working toward common...
Looking for a Dental Assistant that is willing to learn and become a dental receptionist, insurance biller and do dental assisting. Candidates must be FRIENDLY, MOTIVATED, GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS, and be a TEAM PLAYER. The position is for Monday-Thursday with 2 evenings, and 2 Saturdays per month. New Dental Assistant Graduates welcome. This is a private practice in Upland. Include your resume a...
Are you one in a million? We are looking for individuals who can bring ideas to life. The kinds who can make things happen with resources at hand. Healthcare has evolved and the complexity of each position brings new concepts allowing our company to grow. We believe that the best of companies are made of the best of the people. Come grow with us and leave your footprint on the community. Under the...
Are you one in a million? We are looking for individuals who can bring ideas to life. The kinds who can make things happen with resources at hand. Healthcare has evolved and the complexity of each position brings new concepts allowing our company to grow. We believe that the best of companies are made of the best of the people. Come grow with us and leave your footprint on the community. Under the...
Full time dental assistant positions open in all areas of the Valley!! Whether you are already completely open or looking to leave your current position we may have your perfect new job waiting for you, so apply now! All it takes is a personal interview in our office and then we will send your resume out to our private listings! 1+ year experience, Dentrix knowledge, digital x-rays, expanded dutie...
We are seeking an experienced, motivated individual to join our staff. Must be familiar with all aspects of dentistry along with knowledge of dental products and terminology. Experience with Dentrix software is a plus. This is a part-time position that will include weekend hours Saturday 8-12 and/or Sunday 9-1. Approximately 20 to 30 hours per week. Please only dental assistant experience individu...
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 28...
DESCRIPTION: Under general supervision, to provide clerical duties to assist in the support of departmental operations. CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO): 1. Type correspondence, memos, reports, forms, minutes of meetings, and other materials from rough draft or machine dictation. 2. Answer telephone calls and respond to routine inquiries or refer calls to ap...
Dental Assistant - Dr. Brad Freedman We need an exceptional dental assistant to join our growing, high quality, general dental practice in Alexandria VA. This is a one of a kind position that offers ongoing continuing education and the ability to participate in high service, advanced dental care with an exceptional long term team. This position is intended for a candidate with advanced skills that...
Dental assistants needed for prison in Greenville, IL. Requirements Must have successfully completed a Dental Assistant training program and have at least one year of work experience in a dental clinic setting. Experience to include: working in areas related to instrument and infection control, understanding of dental clinic and laboratory procedures and knowledge of assisting in direct patient ca...
Company Confidential North Charleston, SC, 29418
DENTAL ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION Chairside Assisting: Assists the dentist in providing dental treatment. Preparing and maintaining dental instruments, supplies and equipment. Collecting and recording patient health histories Patient management during dental procedures Instrument transfer Dental procedure isolation techniques Preparation of dental materials.cements, amalgam, composite, impression m...
Openings in Salt Lake City and Tooele Job Description Do you want an opportunity to ADVANCE with one of the FASTEST GROWING dental companies in Utah? Well, finally there's a company that fits YOUR needs. We are looking for a energetic, productive, self-motivated, high accountability, professional, who has at least one full year of previous dental assisting experience. Applicant must have a DESIRE...
Improving lives, one student at a time… Join Concorde Career Colleges, a nationally recognized for-profit education company, as we prepare committed students for a successful career in a nursing profession. Our faculty gives students more than just knowledge and technical skills; they instill integrity, discipline, team work, and the drive that define today’s professionals. We have an opening for...
Company Confidential Plainfield, IL, 60544
Clinical Orthodontic Assistant (Plainfield,Frankfort & Flossmoor IL) Part Time Clinical Orthodontic Assistant needed for busy office. This position requires someone who learns quickly, is energetic, can multitask, and that works well with patients and other staff members. TRAVEL TO SATELLITE OFFICES REQUIRED PLEASE NOTE: This is a clinical position (chair-side) not an administrative position. The...
Dental Hygenist needed per diem for various offices. Must have minmum 1 year verifiable experience Dental Assistant to cover vacation and other openings as needed. Skills/Experience: Must be professionally trained and experienced (minimum of a year direct work experience) Experience in four handed assisting required Certification a +, but not required Required health information must be current an...

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Dental Assistant

Salaries

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

Certification
33.6%
Some College Coursework Completed
20.2%
Vocational
15.2%
High School
9.7%
Associates
9.4%
Bachelor's
7.6%
Professional
2.5%
(277 Respondents)
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