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Dental Assistants

Job Information

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.


  • Job prospects should be excellent.
  • Dentists are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks so dentists may devote their time to more complex procedures.
  • Many assistants learn their skills on the job, although an increasing number are trained in dental-assisting programs; most programs take 1 year or less to complete.
  • More than one-third of dental assistants worked part time in 2008.


Personality I'm organized
Salary $34,140/yr ($17.07/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Some college, no degree