• Dental Assistants
  • Health Science
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 46,140
    $34,090 range bar $60,950
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Moderately Growing
  • Dental Assistants have many tasks, including patient care, recordkeeping, and appointment scheduling. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists' offices in which they work.

What do they typically do

  • Ensure that patients are comfortable in the dental chair
  • Prepare patients and the work area for treatments and procedures
  • Sterilize dental instruments
  • Hand instruments to dentists during procedures
  • Dry patients' mouths using suction hoses and other equipment
  • Instruct patients in proper oral hygiene
  • Process x rays and complete lab tasks, under the direction of a dentist
  • Keep records of dental treatments
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Work with patients on billing and payment

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.9%
Job Openings 1,925

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