Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.
Common job titles of Dental Assistants include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
62.54% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
11.99% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
Fabricate temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
Apply protective coating of fluoride to teeth.
Clean teeth, using dental instruments.
Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
Record treatment information in patient records.
Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
Pour, trim, and polish study casts.
Clean and polish removable appliances.
Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory.
Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
Schedule appointments, prepare bills and receive payment for dental services, complete insurance forms, and maintain records, manually or using computer.
Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
Fabricate and fit orthodontic appliances and materials for patients, such as retainers, wires, or bands.
X ray machine cones
Ultrasonic sterilization units
Thyroid collarsAll Tools
Straight utility pliers
Steam cleaning equipment
Slow-speed dental handpieces
Single-ended periodontal probes
Rubber dam punches
Rubber dam clamp forceps
Protective shielding equipment
Power vacuum mixers
Panoramic x ray equipment
Orthodontic band slitters
Orthodontic band pushers
Offset utility pliers
Manual blood pressure cuffs
Light curing units
Intraoral x ray equipment
Intraoral detailing pliers
Instrument sharpening devices
Gingival retraction cords
Electronic calculus detectors
Electronic blood pressure devices
Electric surgical handpieces
Electric general dentistry handpieces
Electric endodontic handpieces
Denture, acrylic and porcelain polishing kits
Denture model presses
Dental x ray machines
Dental x ray film processors
Dental laser systems
Dental furniture units
Dental cutting instruments
Dental crimping pliers
Contouring orthodontic pliers
Computerized pressure/vacuum casting systems
Caries detection aids
Bitewing film holders
Band seating pliers
Air abrasion units
Henry Schein Dentrix
Kodak Dental Systems Kodak SOFTDENT Practice management software PMS
Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft
The Systems Workplace TDOCS
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension