Become a Dental Assistant
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Dental Assistants are valued members of today’s dental care team. They work with dentists, dental hygienists, dental office receptionists and dental lab technicians providing dental care to patients.
Above all, Dental Assistants must be a second pair of hands for the Dentist. Their work is characterized by a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties. In fact, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association, "the duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office."
As a Dental Assistant you enter one of the fastest growing healthcare careers in New York City and much of the country. In fact, dental assisting is expected to be among the fastest growing occupations in the nation over the 2008-2018 Period with a 36 percent increase in employment opportunities anticipated. Further, job prospects for Dental Assistants are expected to be excellent for both full-time and part-time employment.
Earnings for Dental Assistants which vary, depending on experience, dental assisting credentials and practice location, are among those jobs generally paying higher than minimum wage. In fact, according to May 2009 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for Dental Assistants nationwide was $33,230. During the same period, the median hourly wage for Dental Assistants in Metropolitan New York including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Nassau and Suffolk Counties was $16.93. The bottom 25th percentile was $13.97 per hour and the top 75th percentile was $19.57 per hour. With the New York State minimum wage currently at $7.25 per hour, high school graduates who want to earn more money and get ahead without a college degree can find the wage and benefits for Dental Assistants a real plus.
Dental Assisting is one of the top careers in healthcare that does not require a college degree. In fact, with formal training from an accredited dental assistant school and a high school diploma or GED, individuals with no prior experience in the dental field can launch their career in under a year.
Dental Assisting can be a satisfying life-long career or it can serve as a stepping stone for advancement to more highly skilled and higher paying jobs within the dental field. With additional education or training, Dental Assistants often become Dental Hygienists, Dental Lab Technicians and Dental Office Managers. Either way, Dental Assisting is a great career with a bright future.
To read more about wages for Dental Assistants in New York City or elsewhere the country go to http://www.bls.gov/bls/blswage.htm
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 Edition
Journal of the American Dental Association, A Look at Allied Dental Education in the United States
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Division of Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Dental Assistant (SOC code 319092), May 2009.