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Kristen is a freelance registered dental assistant. She doesn't work directly on patients any more because of a shoulder injury, so she now focuses on helping out in the front office. A love a teeth and a good experience with her own braces propelled Kristen to go into the dental field.

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
$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 35 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
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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