Career Profile

Dental Assistants

Education Postsecondary nondegree award
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $39,800
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Dental assistants provide patient care, take x rays, keep records, and schedule appointments.

General Information

Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.

Training Funds Available

This is a Rural Capital Area Target Occupation.
Training and education opportunities are available with eligible providers throughout the state.

Dental Assistants

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 191 openings per year are projected for Dental Assistants.


Employment Change

Employment for Dental Assistants is forecasted to increase on par with the regional average by 18.0% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $19.13/hour. Entry level workers are paid $14.59, while experienced workers are paid $21.39. The median wage is comparable to average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 1,128 Dental Assistants in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 1,331.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Dental Assistants are Offices of Dentists, Offices of Physicians, and Outpatient Care Centers.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Dental Assistants include Medicine and Dentistry, English Language, and Customer and Personal Service.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Dental Assistants is Some college, no degree. 32% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET