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DENTAL OFFICE MANAGER, IN-DEPTH: Love the Direct Patient Care

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Tanya is a Dental Office Manager. Tanya shares how there are many roads you can take when you start off as a Dental Assistant, which was what she started off as. Tanya discusses what she likes and dislikes about her job, key career decisions she made, work life balance and the difficulty of getting a job in her industry.

School: College of Alameda
Degree: Dental Assisting
Job Title: Dental Office Manager

Job Summary: Office Clerks, General

Job Description

General office clerks do a broad range of administrative tasks, including answering telephones, typing or word processing, and filing. However, tasks vary widely in different jobs.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $30,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, People skills, Organizational skills

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