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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"In ten month's time I've gained the knowledge and skills to provide myself with a new, fun and interesting career in the dental assisting field. I've had instructors who are in the field and it really helped me to become prepared and know what's expected of me when I start at an office. I'm excited about the dental program: it took me from being stuck at a career roadblock to having almost endless career opportunities."
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Video: Dental assisting students Nyubicela and Tiffani talk about the high quality
of the program.