I was reading some information in the Bureau of Labor Statistics and it reassured me why I started this program over 10 years ago! It is so great to see my students seeking their dreams and being able to find a job that pay’s well and is in high demand.
Job Growth: “Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. Dentists will continue to hire more dental assistants to complete routine tasks, allowing the dentist to see more patients in their practice and to spend their time on more complex procedures. As dental practices grow, more dental assistants will be needed” (Bureau of Labor Statistics). The outlook for the dental office management salary looks equally as bright.
Pay: “The median annual wage for dental assistants was $34,500 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,550, and the top 10 percent earned more than $47,580” (Bureau of Labor Statistics).