DAYTON REGIONAL WORKFORCE PORTAL

Dental Assistants

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $15.85/hr
Median: $19.08/hr
Experienced: $23.18/hr

Current Employment
735 (2017)

Projected Employment
778 (2028)

Growth for Dental Assistants

2017 Jobs2028 JobsChange (2018-2028)% Change (2018-2028)
735778385%

Industries Employing Dental Assistants

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2017)% of Occupation in Industry (2017)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)
Offices of Dentists63285.9%26%
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service334.4%0.2%
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 222.9%0.3%
Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)172.3%0.2%
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (State Government)<101.1%0.2%

Occupational Tasks

  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Expose dental diagnostic X-rays.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
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