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REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT: The Positive & Negative Aspects Of This Career

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Ruth, a former medical lab specialist in the U.S. Army, describes her current position scheduling patients and assisting the dentist as needed; she also talks honestly about the upsides and downsides of working in dental health.

Degree: Dental Support Services and Allied Professions
Job Title: Registered Dental Assistant
Employer: Lewelling Dental Care

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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m='21440'>licensed</span> <span m='22440'>registered</span> <span m='22720'>dental</span> <span m='23000'>assistant.</span> <span m='23860'>I</span> <span m='23960'>went</span> <span m='24220'>to</span> <span m='24300'>San</span> <span m='24570'>Diego</span> <span m='25200'>for</span> <span m='25690'>three</span> <span m='25970'>months.</span> <span m='26470'>That's</span> <span m='26690'>a</span> <span m='26780'>fast-paced</span> <span m='28630'>program.</span> <span m='29850'>And</span> <span m='30580'>my</span> <span m='30770'>previous</span> <span m='32320'>jobs</span> <span m='33370'>were</span> <span m='35250'>RDA</span> <span m='35940'>at</span> <span m='36230'>Oklahoma</span> <span m='36950'>in</span> <span m='37090'>a</span> <span m='37150'>private</span> <span m='37620'>practice</span> <span m='38580'>and</span> <span m='38760'>also</span> <span m='39060'>medical</span> <span m='39540'>labs</span> <span m='39800'>specialist</span> <span m='40860'>in</span> <span m='41030'>the</span> <span m='41150'>US</span> <span m='41460'>Army.</span> </p><p><span m='45120'>For</span> <span m='45350'>people</span> <span m='46460'>who</span> <span m='46630'>wants</span> <span m='47070'>to</span> <span m='48290'>work</span> <span m='49470'>in a</span> <span m='49680'>dental</span> <span m='50040'>office,</span> <span m='51230'>they</span> <span m='51380'>should</span> <span m='51780'>expect</span> <span m='52290'>positive</span> <span m='52920'>and</span> <span m='53120'>negative.</span> <span m='54540'>Positive--</span> <span m='55050'>I</span> <span m='55130'>say</span> <span m='55330'>positive--</span> <span m='56000'>it's</span> <span m='56200'>a</span> <span m='56250'>great</span> <span m='56550'>job</span> <span m='56870'>because</span> <span m='57645'>there's</span> <span m='58060'>a</span> <span m='58140'>lot</span> <span m='58300'>of</span> <span m='58380'>patients</span> <span m='59050'>that's</span> <span m='59550'>down</span> <span m='59910'>or</span> <span m='60010'>depressed</span> <span m='60660'>because</span> <span m='60910'>they</span> <span m='60990'>have</span> <span m='61160'>poor</span> <span m='61370'>dental</span> <span m='61670'>health.</span> <span m='62500'>And</span> <span m='63200'>if</span> <span m='63510'>everything's</span> <span m='64099'>done,</span> <span m='64500'>you</span> <span m='64760'>know, all</span> <span m='64959'>the</span> <span m='65090'>treatment</span> <span m='65580'>that</span> <span m='65910'>they</span> <span m='66160'>needed,</span> <span m='66750'>they</span> <span m='66900'>become</span> <span m='67240'>happy.</span> <span m='67820'>They're</span> <span m='68130'>not</span> <span m='68380'>only</span> <span m='68740'>happy</span> <span m='70620'>because</span> <span m='72460'>everything's</span> <span m='74020'>treated</span> <span m='74530'>in</span> <span m='74720'>their</span> <span m='74870'>mouth,</span> <span m='75300'>but</span> <span m='76060'>they're</span> <span m='76230'>also</span> <span m='78630'>happy</span> <span m='79230'>because</span> <span m='79620'>they</span> <span m='79700'>have</span> <span m='80020'>better</span> <span m='80390'>health</span> <span m='80860'>because</span> <span m='81360'>dental</span> <span m='81820'>and</span> <span m='82580'>medical</span> <span m='82960'>help</span> <span m='83340'>are</span> <span m='85390'>related</span> <span m='85870'>to</span> <span m='85940'>each</span> <span m='86220'>other.</span> </p><p><span m='87700'>I</span> <span m='87850'>say</span> <span m='88050'>negative</span> <span m='88710'>because</span> <span m='90240'>it</span> <span m='90410'>can</span> <span m='90610'>be</span> <span m='90750'>unpleasant</span> <span m='91270'>to</span> <span m='91400'>people</span> <span m='92220'>who</span> <span m='92390'>are</span> <span m='92570'>not</span> <span m='92840'>used</span> <span m='93190'>to</span> <span m='94110'>seeing</span> <span m='94460'>saliva</span> <span m='95510'>or</span> <span m='95840'>blood.</span> <span m='96700'>And</span> <span m='99970'>so</span> <span m='100670'>people</span> <span m='101450'>who</span> <span m='101980'>doesn't</span> <span m='102310'>like</span> <span m='102520'>seeing</span> <span m='102780'>this</span> <span m='102960'>stuff,</span> <span m='103190'>this</span> <span m='103400'>job</span> <span m='103650'>is</span> <span m='103770'>not</span> <span m='103950'>for</span> <span m='104080'>them.</span> <span m='104420'>And</span> <span m='104520'>also</span> <span m='105850'>you</span> <span m='105950'>can</span> <span m='106140'>encounter</span> <span m='106690'>people</span> <span m='107200'>that</span> <span m='107380'>has</span> <span m='107900'>bad</span> <span m='108110'>breath.</span> <span m='108510'>So</span> <span m='109490'>if</span> <span m='109890'>you</span> <span m='109990'>don't</span> <span m='110160'>like</span> <span m='110350'>this</span> <span m='110806'>stuff,</span> <span m='111262'>this</span> <span m='111720'>job's</span> <span m='112040'>not</span> <span m='112230'>for</span> <span m='112330'>you.</span> <span m='113780'>Thank</span> <span m='114010'>you.</span> </p>","file":{"id":208149,"video_id":"2707794133001","name":"62304937","duration":115562,"thumbnail_url":null}});