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What Are Some Great Reasons to Consider a Career as a Dental Assistant?

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 18, 2017 4:20:31 PM

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Although obtaining a steady salary is the primary reason most people share when asked WHY they work, it’s no secret that a paycheck is not the only reason to clock in every day. 

What are some other great reasons to consider a career as a dental assistant?

A Busy Workplace

East Coast training provider Porter and Chester Institute compiled a quick checklist of perks.  For example, if you enjoy being around people and working in a bustling office, a dental assisting career might be a good match.  Busy dental offices see dozens of patients a week, and there are usually a number of other staff members around to bond with, many with the same interests as you.  In fact, if you do not enjoy working around other people throughout a common work day, Dental Assisting might not be a good match.

Personal Satisfaction

The annual “Best Jobs” survey by U.S. News and World Report gives job-seekers a better look into how specific careers rank nationally in job satisfaction, benefits, working hours, salary and training. Dental Assistants ranked number 17 in “Best Health Care Support Jobs.”  The profession ranked number 72 in a list of “The 100 Best Jobs.”

If you enjoy making a difference during a work day, consider this:  Dental assistants are often the first person a patient meets in an office.  They are charged with gathering information, putting patients at ease, and assisting the dentist or hygienist.  A competent and compassionate Dental Assistant impacts dozens of lives every week.

On the Job Satisfaction portion of the U.S. News and World Report survey, those who responded indicated that the chance of upward mobility as a Dental Assistant is “High.” Stress level came in as “Average,” with flexibility as “Above Average.”

Speaking of Flexibility…

Dental Assistants can often craft a schedule that works best for themselves and their families.  Check out these options:  full-time, part-time, temporary, or working through a placement agency at rotating offices. Keep in mind, there are several options for aspiring Dental Assistants when it comes to the office that employs you, such as: Do you want to work in a traditional office or in pediatric dentistry?  There are lots of options for Dental Assistants.

It’s Not Everything, But Salary and Job Security Are Important!

Dental Assistants can expect a median salary of more than $35,000 (with a low of $24,580 and a high of $49,540), and a nation-wide unemployment rate of only 3.5 percent.  Dental Assisting is also a fast-growing career option, with more than 58,000 new openings projected through the year 2024.  According to U.S. News and World Report, “That amounts to 18 percent employment growth, which is much faster than the average for all professions.”

Want to Learn More?

The duties of a Dental Assistant vary from office to office.  Different states, and even professional offices, have specific requirements for obtaining the job of a Dental Assistant.  Visit PDI’s website for more information about the value of obtaining a Certificate in Dental Assisting.

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