Dental offices are looking to bridge the gender gap.

The majority of dental assistants in America are women, but that trend is slowly changing.

According to a New York Times article, gender patterns in the workplace are shifting, primarily as a result of economic downswings in traditionally male occupations like construction and manufacturing.

In the most recent Census, data revealed that occupations that are more than 70 percent female accounted for nearly a third of all job growth for men, which is double the share of the previous decade.

Gender equality in the workplace is becoming more commonplace, especially in healthcare support positions.

Although the trend originally was linked to the economic recession, sociological research indicates many men are choosing nontraditional jobs like dental assistant because of lower stress levels and more time at home.

In the military, 50 percent of dental assistants and hygienists are male, according to DentistryIQ, an online resource for dental professionals.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nearly 80 percent of workers in the healthcare and social assistance field are women. Although more women work in healthcare support positions, job satisfaction ratings are relatively equal across genders.

According to American College of Healthcare Executives research:

  • 86% of women and men are satisfied or very satisfied with their job security.
  • 71% of women and 73% of men are satisfied with job opportunities within their organization.
  • 74% of women and 75% of men are happy with the balance they have between work and personal and family commitments.
  • 70% of women and 73% of men are satisfied with the rewards and recognition received for work.

With the expected boom in healthcare occupations in the next decade, dental assistant jobs will continue to be in demand. Medical assistant positions are expected to grow 29 percent in the next decade, opening up many new job opportunities for men.


Dental Office Training by Lynn welcomes a diverse population of students, making good-paying entry-level healthcare occupations more accessible to women and men of all ages in Indianapolis and Central Indiana. Students receive intense training with the latest technology and most advanced techniques available in restorations, materials and instrumentation.

Software training, CPR certification and basic. E.F.D.A. skills are all included in our 12-week program, which is fully accredited by the State Workforce Innovation Council, Office for Career and Technical Schools.