Dental careers are one of the fastest growing careers in the nation. In 2006, The Bureau of Labor Statistics expected hygienist's careers to grow by 30% and dental assistant jobs to grow by 29% by 2016. Their expected growth is much faster than the average rate.
Accredited Dental Assistant training programs typically take about one year to complete, although two-year associate degree programs are also offered. Training programs generally include classroom and lab work, as well as supervised clinical experience. Dental assistants will learn about teeth, gums and jaws as well as the instruments dentists use. Some states require that dental assistants be certified through the Dental Assisting National Board: a good training program will prepare a student for certification. Certain regulated procedures, such as coronal polishing or topical anesthetics application, require special licenses which are also administered by the Dental Assisting National Board.
A dental career can be fast-paced and rewarding. At a dental technical school you can learn:
- Patient care
- Laboratory duties
- Sterilizing and disinfecting equipment
- Examining teeth and gums
- Removing stains and plaque from teeth
- Administering x-rays
- And more!
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Dental Training and Employment Information
Look into hygienist and assistant dental careers and decide which one you are most interested in. Hygienist needs 2 or 4 years of college and a degree. The lengths of dental assistant programs vary; you can receive a degree or diploma to begin your career.
Almost all dental assistants work in dentists' offices. Dental assistants prepare for procedures, maintain and sterilize instruments, and work with patients. They also schedule appointments, keep records, and process bills and payments. Dental assistants may also participate in lab tasks. The median salary for a dental assistant is $33,470 per year or $16.09 per hour. Full-time employment is common and typically includes benefits. The expected job growth outlook, like that of most healthcare support fields, is much faster than average: job growth from 2010 to 2020 is projected to be 31%.
Dental assisting is a very promising career. Most dental assistants can be working and earning money within a year. The salary is above-average for a non-degreed career, and certificates and special licenses for regulated tasks can command an even higher salary. Dental assistants work in dental offices, which sometimes include labs. Many of the jobs are full-time and include benefits. Projected job growth for the next decade (and probably after that as well) is much higher than average, so this is an excellent time to start a career as a dental assistant.
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Technical Schools Guide makes finding the right Dental Technical Schools simple. We list both large and small Technical Colleges throughout the United States. Whether you are planning on attending a 2-year college, 4-year college, vocational college, purely technical college, or just single college courses, the listings above should contain each type of trade school, college, or university. Financial aid is available for many of these colleges but visitors will need to contact each school directly to get assistance. Technical Schools Guide does not maintain specific course, tuition, application, accredation or records of information on specific schools. All inquiries should be made directly with such schools. All information contained above is believed to be accurate and reputable. If a discrepancy is found, please contact the Technical Schools Guide staff by clicking on the "contact us" link below. We are also able to update college information and locations through this contact address. Featured listings on Technical Schools Guide are generally for-profit school listings. These listings help pay for bandwidth and maintenance of the Technical Schools Guide site. Thanks for visiting Technical Schools Guide and good luck in your Dental Technical school experience!
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