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How Much Do Dental Assistants Make?

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Dental Assisting is one of the fastest growing occupations in the health care support field. People who are detail oriented, take instruction well, and have good interpersonal and organizational skills excel in these positions and have the potential to earn an average of over $16 per hour.

Dental assistants are responsible for patient care and administrative tasks. In addition to assisting the dentist or dental hygienist during procedures such as teeth cleanings and in-office surgeries, they sterilize and prepare equipment, complete laboratory test and x-rays, and instruct patients in proper dental care and hygiene. Administrative tasks include scheduling appointments, managing patient records, billing and taking payments. Duties vary from state to state, depending on the regulations for that state, the education the dental assistant has completed, and the requirements of the particular office in which they work.

While some states have no educational requirements for dental assistants, others require graduation from an accredited program and passing a state exam. Continuing education may be necessary to gain additional skills.

Dental assistants held 297,200 positions in 2010, the most recent year data is available. Job outlook is better than average, with an estimated 31% increase in available positions over the next ten years. As the large number of baby-boomers age, all health care support occupations will see an increase in positions, but due to increased dental care, this generation has maintained more of their original teeth than previous ones. Additionally, new evidence linking good oral health to increased overall health means there is more work for dentists. Hiring additional assistants to do the routine work allows dentist offices to treat more patients. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm#tab-1)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average earnings for dental assistants in 2010 were $16.70 per hour ($34,140 per year). The lowest 10% earned $11.10 per hour ($23,080 per year), and the highest 10% earned $22.80 per hour ($47,420 per year). Average earnings for a dental assistant is approximately $10,000 above the average for other health care support occupations.

Wages for dental assistants can vary by region and demographic. Those working in metropolitian areas such as the District of Columbia can earn an average of $23.00 per hour. In more non-metropolitian areas, dental assistants can range from $11 to $13 per hour. Earnings also vary by state. A dental assistant working in Texas or Florida averages $15 to $16 per hour, while those in California or New York average over $17 per hour.

The type of office a dental assistant works in can affect their earnings as well. Most work in dentist offices and average $16.50 per hour. Those working for for the Federal Executive Branch can make over $18 per hour, and those employed in physicians offices may earn $15.75 per hour. More than half of dental assistants work full time, although many can earn a decent part-time living with more flexible hours for home or school obligations. Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required depending on where the dental assistant works.

For those thinking about careers in health care support, dental assistants earn above average wages and can complete their education in one to two years from one of the 285 programs approved by the American Dental Association.

Technical Schools and How to Search

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Technical Schools

Need help searching for some place to start over? Hate your job? Need a job?  Look for specialized training in only the area you are interested in.  Become a chef, a medical assistant, a massage therapist,  a vet tech, mechanic.  Get a degree in art, fashion, business management, computer repair.  There are so many things you could be doing right now and a technical school could help you get there.  Take a look at some technical schools and see if they might be just what you have been looking for!

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Technical School Training Length

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to complete some of Technical-Schools-Guide.com’s most popular programs and begin your new career? While program length depends on state and school, here are some rough estimates of how long you could plan on training for various programs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Shorter

Dental Assistant – as little as 4 to 6 months

HVAC Technician – as little as 6 months

Motorcycle and Small Engine Mechanic – as little as 6 months

Court Reporter – usually less than a year

Longer

Medical Assistant – usually 2 years for an associate degree

Dental Hygienist – 2 years for an associate degree to 4 years for a Bachelor’s degree

Electrician – certification plus up to 4 years of apprenticeship

Parole Officer – up to 4 years for a Bachelor’s degree

Before you assume that a shorter program length is always better, consider this – fields which require more training often have less competition once you’re on the job. So your chances of finding employment may increase with longer program lengths.

The bottom line is, though – do what makes you happy. Even if you’re in school for 4 years, that’s only a fraction of how long you’ll be in your career … so it should be one that makes you happy. Which career field would make you happy? Search for it by state, school, or program now!

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Top 10 Technical and Trade Careers – Part Two

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

You’ve read about the bottom 5 of the top 10 trade careers, and it just keeps getting better. The next five jobs have some of the highest growth rates in the country and some pretty good salaries on top of that.

5. Plumbers

  • Growth: 10% over the next decade
  • Salary: $42,000 per year average

4.    Cosmetology

  • Growth: 14% over the next decade
  • Salary: $30,000 per year average

3.    Dental Assistant

  • Growth: 29% over the next decade
  • Salary: $30,000 per year average

2.    Pharmacy Technician

  • Growth: 32% over the next decade
  • Salary: $25,000 per year average

1.    Medical Assistant

  • Growth: 35% over the next decade
  • Salary: $27,000 per year average

All 10 of these career fields have advancement and good salaries in their future.  The great thing with these careers is that the yearly salaries above are estimates from hourly pay.  If you’re interested in these careers, or any other trade careers out there, find out some more information and contact some schools in your area to get started!

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Technical School Careers Salary Report

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Ever wondered what employees in some of Technical-Schools-Guide.com’s most popular industries are earning?

Check out the following median wages and salaries*, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Electronics and engineering school graduates earned a median of $50,660

Aviation and aircraft mechanics school graduates earned a median of $22.95 hourly, or $47,736

Court reporter school graduates earned a median of $45,610

Electrician school graduates earned a median of $20.97 hourly, or $43,617

Legal and Paralegal school graduates earned a median of $43,040

Computer Support school graduates earned a median of $41,470

Construction equipment operators earned a median of $17.74 hourly, or $36,899

Automotive service technician and mechanic school graduates earned a median of $16.24 hourly, or $33,779

Dental technician school graduates earned a median of $15.67 hourly, or $32,593

Don’t these salaries look better than what you’re making now? Begin a stable technical career and earn your way to a more comfortable future. Find schools in your area today!

*All figures are from May 2006

** Hourly wages converted into a year of 40-hour workweeks.

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