• 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

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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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