Dental Assistants

Need to know Info.

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Sterilize dental instruments
  • Prepare the work area for patient treatment by setting out instruments and materials
  • Help dentists by handing them instruments during procedures
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Keep patients’ mouths dry by using suction hoses or other equipment
  • Keep records of dental treatments

Average Hours and Working Schedule

  • Most dental assistants work full time.
  • Some work evenings or weekends.

Working location

  • Almost all dental assistance work in dentist offices.

Salary/wage

  • $33,470 per year
    $16.09 per hour

Education needed

  • Post secondary non-degree award
  • Some states require assistants to graduate from an accredited program and possibly pass a state exam

Skills needed

  • Good hand skills
  • Listening skills

Job Outlook/Growth

  • Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020
  • As dental practices grow, more dental assistants will be needed.