Be a Dental Assistant – Great Growth Career Through 2016

The job outlook for dental assistants is excellent and employment in this field is expected to grow.

One of the reasons is dental patients are demanding flexible hours, so evening and weekend appointments mean more assistants will be needed. Also population growth and increasing dental health for older people will drive the need for dental workers.

This in-demand job with 36 percent more openings predicted is growing much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that it will be the third fastest growing occupation for which a college degree isn’t required.

A career of helping people improve their dental health is rewarding and and brings work satisfaction. Dental assistants can find many opportunities to help patients in the care for their teeth and also assist in office administrative paperwork and help with dental equipment.

Requirements are : An Associate’s degree in dental assisting / Dental assistant certificate

Responsibilities For Dental Assistant:Assists with oral surgery and other procedures under the direct supervision of a dentist. Prepares and arranges needed tools and instruments for scheduled procedures. Hands necessary tools and equipment to the dentist and provides assistance during treatment. May record findings, change barriers, or sterilize equipment. Requires an associate’s degree from an accredited program and 0-2 years of experience. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. Works under general supervision. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.Typically reports to a dentist.   Ref: http://www.alliedhealthworld.com/south-carolina-dental-assistant-school.html

General Salary Range: $23,307, 33,535; 32,380 36,050

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Marie Coppola March 2014