Dental Assistants

$38.66K Median Salary 45.9K Job Openings (Annual Projection) 19.5% Job Growth

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About This Career

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Reported Job Titles

Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Certified Registered Dental Assistant, Dental Assistant (DA), Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA), Expanded Function Dental Assistant, Oral Surgery Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant (Ortho Assistant), Orthodontic Technician, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), Surgical Dental Assistant

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Technology Skills


Orthodontic pliersDental hand pieces or accessoriesDental dam suppliesDental forcepsSteam autoclaves or sterilizersDental probesMedical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapesDental saliva ejectors or oral suction devices or suppliesDental x ray unitsDental syringes or needles or syringes with needlesDental lasersCosmetic dentistry curing lights or accessoriesOrthodontic setter bandsDental laboratory vacuum units or suppliesPeriodontal curettesDental scissorsDental radiology filmDental finishing or polishing kitsTeeth cleaning devices or accessoriesChemical or gas sterilizersDental examination chairs or related parts or accessoriesMedical gas cylinders or related devicesDental articulators or accessoriesPulse oximeter unitsMedical radiation dosimetersDental laboratory lathes or accessoriesDental filler contouring instrumentsDental tooth separatorsDental bite blocks or wings or tabsDental formersDental laboratory air abrasion unitsDry heat or hot air sterilizersBands for dental matrixElectronic blood pressure unitsSurgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessoriesDental x ray apparatus parts or kits or accessoriesDental laboratory model trimmers or accessoriesUltrasonic cleaning equipmentDental film processorsMercury blood pressure unitsDental wedges or setsElectrosurgical or electrocautery equipmentDental laboratory casting machines or its parts or accessoriesDental operatory retraction cordsDental bursDental amalgamatorsDental cutting or separating discsDental impression traysCombination furniture sets for dental proceduresOrthodontic appliance claspsDental finishing or polishing discsDental hygiene instrumentsDental pulp or vitality testersDental depth gaugesDental instrument sharpening accessoriesDental scalers or accessoriesDental matrices or setsDental elevatorsDental syringe accessory kitsDental tweezersAir compressorsAmalgam carriersDental retainersOrthodontic bracketsPersonal computersDental spatulas