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REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT: If You LIke People It's A Perfect Job

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Tierra describes what it's like to be a registered dental assistant and shares how she discovered this field of work.

Degree: Dental Support Services and Allied Professions
Job Title: Registered 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
National Statistic Change Location
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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='23400'>day</span> <span m='23590'>goes.</span> <span m='23960'>You're</span> <span m='24220'>in</span> <span m='24290'>charge</span> <span m='24590'>of</span> <span m='24690'>the</span> <span m='24780'>day</span> <span m='25120'>and the</span> <span m='25455'>pace of</span> <span m='25790'>the doctor,</span> <span m='25910'>and helping</span> <span m='26170'>him</span> <span m='26860'>with</span> <span m='27250'>that.</span> <span m='27460'>So</span> <span m='27750'>you're</span> <span m='27950'>with</span> <span m='28110'>the</span> <span m='28180'>patients</span> <span m='28600'>a</span> <span m='28690'>lot,</span> <span m='29120'>and</span> <span m='29620'>you</span> <span m='29990'>interact</span> <span m='30245'>with the</span> <span m='30500'>doctor a lot.</span> </p><p><span m='31470'>In</span> <span m='31730'>high</span> <span m='31910'>school</span> <span m='32240'>I</span> <span m='32310'>found</span> <span m='32549'>out</span> <span m='32650'>I</span> <span m='32689'>wanted</span> <span m='32880'>to</span> <span m='33120'>do</span> <span m='33250'>this.</span> <span m='33930'>So</span> <span m='34060'>I</span> <span m='34230'>was</span> <span m='34390'>in</span> <span m='34490'>high</span> <span m='34630'>school.</span> <span m='34960'>And</span> <span m='36142'>I</span> <span m='36570'>signed</span> <span m='36990'>up</span> <span m='37810'>when</span> <span m='37990'>I</span> <span m='38060'>was</span> <span m='38190'>in</span> <span m='38445'>high school,</span> <span m='38700'>my</span> <span m='38810'>last</span> <span m='39130'>week.</span> <span m='39420'>And</span> <span m='39720'>then</span> <span m='40140'>took</span> <span m='40240'>a</span> <span m='40910'>couple</span> <span m='41490'>pre-reqs</span> <span m='42660'>last</span> <span m='43130'>summer.</span> <span m='44210'>And</span> <span m='44390'>then</span> <span m='44570'>I took</span> <span m='44960'>a year</span> <span m='45110'>program</span> <span 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