Why Dental Assisting?
The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects this career to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028 (which is much faster than the average for all occupations) due to the increasing aging population.
In 2019 the median pay in the US was $19.27/hour or about $40,080/year. This varies and can range from $12.00/ hr to $24/ hr depending on location, expertise, and skill.
FLEXIBILITY & FREEDOM
Dentistry is a profession that is typically considered full time at 4 days/ week. This allows more flexibility in both your personal and professional schedule.
VARIATION IN DAILY DUTIES
Within general dentistry, daily duties vary depending on the day and patient.
VARIATION OF JOBS WITHIN THE DENTAL FIELD
Jobs within the dental field can include working with General Dentists, Orthodontists (braces), Pedodontics (kids), Endodontics (root canal therapy), Prosthodontists (replacing teeth), Periodontist (treatment of the gums and tooth roots), and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (surgery of the face, mouth, and jaws).
Becoming an RDA can be a stepping stone to further your career to work in other areas within the dental office such as the front desk or as an office manager. It also increases the likelihood of being accepted into highly competitive Dental Hygiene programs, giving you the competitive edge.