According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), California is among the top paying states for dental assistants with an average
wage of $16.97 per hour or $35,290 annually. A dental assistant may work in private
practice either in general dentistry or a specialty such as:
- Oral surgery
Other areas of employment include community clinics, government agencies including
federal or state hospitals, armed service dental clinics, dental supply sales, and
dental school clinics.
Why Choose a Career in Dental Assisting?
Dental assistants are in huge demand all over the nation. It is anticipated that dental
assisting will be among the fastest growing occupations between now and 2012. This
means you will have job opportunities available most anywhere you choose to live.
Being a dental assistant will allow you to decide if you want to pursue a career as
a lab technician, dental hygienist, or a dentist. You will get to see first hand what
such jobs entail.
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"I chose to attend Allan Hancock College's dental assisting program for a few reasons: the knowledgeable and caring staff, the high standards of the program, and the career opportunities that exist for me after graduating."
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Video: Dental assisting students Nyubicela and Tiffani talk about the high quality
of the program.