If you’re looking for a career that provides a flexible schedule and allows you to work with people while helping them as well, consider becoming a dental assistant.
Dental assistants are currently in high demand all over the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 18% from 2014 to 2024, “much faster than the average for all occupations.” This means that there will most likely be job prospects for you almost anywhere you choose to live. The pay for dental assistants vary from region to region but is usually several dollars above minimum wage.
If you have a family to take care of, it’s probably important for you to have evenings and weekends off. This is certainly the case for dental assistants, who not only have normal hours of operation to keep but typically have paid holidays off as well. Additionally, most dental assistants receive a large discount on dental care for themselves and their family.
If you consider yourself a “people person” and have excellent communication skills, you’ll probably make a great dental assistant. On a daily basis, dental assistants come into contact with many professionals and interact with many patients. Good communication skills are very important in this role, and helping people maintain a good oral healthcare routine can be very rewarding.
By average, the certification program for dental assistants is one year. At AS4U Career Center, you can complete the training program in as little as two months. Additionally, the training can fit around your everyday lifestyle so that the transition can be quick and simple.
There are plenty of opportunities to advance from being a dental assistant, such as office manager, dental assisting instructor, or dental product sales representative. Some dental assistants go back to school to become dental hygienists. After working in the field for a while, it’ll be easier to identify which direction you want to take your career.
If you think a career in dental assisting might be for you, take a closer look at our coursework at AS4U Career Center!