Employment Outlook

The employment outlook for Dental Assisting is very good. There are more than 200,000 active dental assistants in the U.S. today. Most areas of the country are currently reporting shortages of dental auxillary.

On the average, dentists work with about four staff members who include dental assistants, dental hygienists and dental laboratory technicians, not to mention average front office and business management.

The national wage of a dental assistant is $9.90 an hour. Formally trained dental assistants usually are paid higher salaries.

Many dental assistants receive benefit packages from their dentist/employers that may include health and disability insurance coverage, paid vacations and allowance for uniforms.

The demand for dental services will continue to grow with increased older populations, preventive care, and the increased awareness of regular dental care will provide Dental Health Technology students with increased employment opportunities.