Most people consider salary and work conditions first when thinking of a new career. Dental Assistants make on average $12 to $26 per hour. If you work in a typical dental office, your annual salary could be around $33,470 (sometimes with a little overtime). Then, consider that you work in a comfortable, climate-controlled office all day with soothing music playing in the background and a generally mellow atmosphere.
But what does a dental assistant do? If you work for a normal dentist, you’ll prep for appointments and perform hands-on patient care. You’ll keep the dental instruments disinfected and sterilized. When a patient arrives for his appointment, you will bring him to his treatment room. You will engage in pleasant small talk while you assemble the dental instruments and materials.
If you have always loved going to the dentist, you may want to consider a career in the field of dental assisting. As a Dental Assistant graduate, you can truly have a career worth smiling about. Every day you can help others feel good about their smile and teach them how to maintain proper dental hygiene. Dental assistants perform tasks ranging from patient care, to office duties, and laboratory work. You will work closely with the dentist during dental procedures by handing instruments and materials to them. Dental assistants also sterilize instruments and equipment, lay out instruments and materials, process X-rays, and update patients’ records.
Completing your education does not take long. Our program is just 13-weeks rather than one or two years for other programs. You will experience a blend of classroom, laboratory and pre-clinical instruction in dental assisting skills. Your training will also equip you with knowledge of dental terminology, names of instruments, and how to perform daily duties and keep the office running smoothly. Our program offers an internship so you can gain valuable real-world experience in a dental office.
Besides the benefit of working with patients and helping them improve their dental health, the job outlook is excellent! The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook states that employment opportunities for dental assistants is expected to grow by 36 percent through 2020. This is much faster than the national average!
The reasons for such a stellar outlook are population growth, increased preservation of natural teeth, and a growing emphasis on preventative dental care. These will all increase demand for dental care in our country. Therefore, as dentist workloads increase, more dental assistants will be needed.
Don’t wait! If you have an interest in dental health and love helping others, you should pursue a career in dental assisting. Seats are filling up fast, and space is limited in this popular program. Contact us today and find out how you can reserve your spot.
Don’t wait… Email or call (970) 372-4252 today to reserve a spot in our next Dental Assisting class. Look forward to hearing from you soon!
Dr. Paul Bigus