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DENTAL ASSISTANT: How Do You Keep Your Business Running

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Ellen is a dental assistant and office administrator. She spends her typical day on the phone dealing with insurance claims, patients, and doctors. She tells us that learning how to run an office has been very important for her job.

Degree: Dental Support Services and Allied Professions
Job Title: Dental Assistant

Job Summary: Dental Assistants

Job Description

Dental assistants have many tasks, ranging from patient care to record keeping, in a dental office. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists' offices where they work.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 35 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Organizational skills, People skills, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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