• Dental Assistants
  • Health Science
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 44,920
    $33,350 range bar $57,190
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Dental assistants have many tasks, ranging from patient care and taking x-rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists' offices where they work.

What do they typically do

  • Instruct patients in proper dental hygiene
  • Help patients feel comfortable in the dental chair and prepare them for treatments and procedures
  • Schedule patient appointments and work with patients on billing and payment options
  • Help dentists by handing them instruments and keeping patients' mouths dry during procedures
  • Keep records of dental treatments
  • Prepare the work area for patient treatment by setting out instruments and materials
  • Process x-rays and complete lab tasks, under the direction of a dentist
  • Sterilize dental instruments

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.9%
Job Opening 1,380

Job Listings

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Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Certified Registered Dental Assistant, Dental Assistant (DA), Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA), Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA), Oral Surgery Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant (Ortho Assistant), Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), Surgical Dental Assistant
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Education & Training

  • Education

    Most occupations require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA

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