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REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT: I'm Basically The Dentist's Right Hand Man

About this video 

Danielle shares her story about being a registered dental assistant.
She goes into detail about the different types of duties she performs in this position, and she describes the education she received to get her certification. Danielle says she got her current position through Craigslist.

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
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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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<span m='61661'>job in</span> <span m='62124'>particular?</span> </p><p><span m='62587'>On</span> <span m='63050'>Craigslist--</span> <span m='65150'>it's</span> <span m='65390'>a</span> <span m='66460'>big</span> <span m='66730'>networking,</span> <span m='69490'>and</span> <span m='70050'>you</span> <span m='70160'>go</span> <span m='70290'>online</span> <span m='70890'>and</span> <span m='71080'>find</span> <span m='71400'>someone,</span> <span m='71765'>and</span> <span m='72130'>then</span> <span m='72596'>master your</span> <span m='73062'>interview.</span> <span m='73530'>What</span> <span m='73740'>I</span> <span m='73820'>like</span> <span m='74050'>most</span> <span m='74530'>about</span> <span m='74710'>my</span> <span m='74830'>job</span> <span m='75210'>is,</span> <span m='75470'>you</span> <span m='75730'>go in</span> <span m='75980'>for a</span> <span m='76170'>cleaning</span> <span m='76510'>once</span> <span m='76700'>every</span> <span m='76900'>six</span> <span 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