Confused about choosing a career path for yourself? If you’re seeking career inspiration, consider the healthcare industry for your career!
Did you know that the healthcare industry is the fastest growing industry among all others? The dental assistant lifestyle is unlike any other. Job security is stable and the compensation is rewarding.
Dental assistants provide patient care and chair-side support as dentists complete exams and procedures. Most visibly, people may see dental assistant’s passing instruments, but that’s just the beginning of their technical skills.
Dental assistants can perform some polishing or explain proper dental hygiene to patients, but most often, their patient contact occurs when working with a dentist on procedures that could benefit from extra help. Dental assistants differ from dental hygienists in that dental hygienists perform much more unsupervised work on patients.
Dental assisting is a rewarding and fulfilling career unlike any other. It’s a fast-paced job and no two days are the same. And of course, there’s joy caring for patients and helping them smile again.
You have the option to work as a part-time or full-time as a dental assistant. As a new dental assistant you have multiple career paths to grow into, depending on your interests and if you choose to specialize (oral surgery, IV sedation, endodontics or orthodontics).
Rather than spending years to attain your new career path, we can offer you a new adventure in as little as 8 weeks which is less than one semester of a traditional college program.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for dental assistants will grow by 19% between 2016 and 2026. The U.S. unemployment rate fell sharply in August 2020 to 8.4% from 10.2% even as hiring slowed, with employers adding the fewest jobs since the pandemic began. Employers added 1.4 million jobs, the Labor Department said Friday, down from 1.7 million in July. Given the job environment today, Dental Assistants can consider themselves quite lucky, as only 2.3% are currently unemployed.
So the job outlook for this career path is tremendous. Also, you can work at any clinic or hospital. Your value will never vanish.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the median salary of a dental assistant is $37,630 and with the number of estimated job openings, this median will rise. Dental Assistants that choose a speciality outside of general dentistry make between $40,000 and $50,000.