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Top 300 Careers, 12th Edition by Editors at JIST

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Service Occupations

Health-Care Support Occupations

Dental Assistants

(O*NET 31-9091.00)

Significant Points
  • Job prospects should be excellent.
  • Dentists are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks so dentists may devote their time to more complex procedures.
  • Many assistants learn their skills on the job, although an increasing number are trained in dental-assisting programs; most programs take one year or less to complete.
  • More than one-third of dental assistants worked part time in 2008.
Nature of the Work

Dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. They sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare and lay out the instruments and materials required to treat each patient, ...

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