4 Reasons to Become a Dental Assistant

Nov 12, 2020

If a smile brightens your day, imagine a career where you help other people achieve that confidence and happiness every day. It’s a career that pays well, is highly respected, and lets you help people.

Would you want to know more about a career like that? If your answer is “Yes,” you should consider a career as a dental assistant.

In addition to the other many reasons dental assisting is a fulfilling career, it’s also a stable one. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, more than 318,000 people are currently working as dental assistants — and there will be almost 60,000 more over the next 10 years.  That works out to a growth rate of almost 20%, which is much higher than most other professions.

The reason so many people are attracted to work as dental assistants is that the profession offers extremely attractive features, including our top 4:

  1. No two days will be the same. Your work as a dental assistant will be different every day — in part because you’ll be working with different patients every day.  You’ll work in a professional environment, escorting patients, calming fears, assisting the dentist, taking x-rays, and maintaining accurate medical records.  Because your work is constantly changing, you’ll remain energized and engaged in your work.
  2. You can work in many different settings. Most people think of dental assistants working in a dental office. But as a dental assistant, you could also work in a hospital, a clinic, a dental school, or in a public health setting.  Additionally, depending on where you work, you could choose either full-time or part-time work, and, if you work in a hospital, might have the chance to opt for flexible hours.
  3. You don’t need a Bachelor’s Degree. Most dental assistants complete a dental assistant program at a technical or community college and are then able to move quickly into a stable career with flexible hours to give you the work/home life balance you need.
  4. You’ll enjoy career advancement opportunities. After obtaining your Associate Degree and working as a dental assistant for a period of time, you can return to school and obtain an advanced degree. You can transfer in your dental assistant credits for a Bachelor’s Degree program in dental hygiene, for example.  This will offer you an even higher salary and greater career mobility.

As the saying goes, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  And according to Money Magazine, dental assisting is number 72 on its list of “The 100 Best Jobs.” 

Their rankings are based on what dental assistants themselves report about their job satisfaction.  As a dental assistant, you’ll be a respected, working professional who helps people every day.

Learn more about our 18-month dental assistant program here.

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