Dental Assistant

I help make you smile.

WHAT THEY DO

Dental Assistants work w/patients, sterilize instruments, prepare work area for dentists, help dentists, process x-rays, etc.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Most Dental Assistants work in dentist offices. They work under the supervision dentists. They may work closely with dental hygienists in their day to day activities.

WHAT YOU NEED

certification/ license to become a dental assistant.

PAY AND BENEFITS

The median annual wage of Dental Assistants was $33,000 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,000 a year.


JOB OUTLOOK

Their work is to set and sterilize instruments, set up trays, assist chair work, give impressions of teeth, and help dentists while they're working with procedures.


STEPS TO TAKE

Go to a good college for this major, study more of what you're going into.