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Dental Assistant: another hot career in 2011: stability & good pay

Dental Assistant working on a patient
Dental Assistant working on a patient
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The job outlook for dental assistants is excellent and employment in this field is expected to grow. One of the reasons is dental patients are demanding flexible hours, so evening and weekend appointments mean more assistants will be needed. Also population growth and increasing dental health for older people will drive the need for dental workers.

This in-demand job with 36 percent more projected openings is growing much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that it will be the third fastest growing occupation for which a college degree isn't required.

A career of helping people improve their dental health is rewarding and and brings work satisfaction. Dental assistants can find many opportunities to help patients in the care for their teeth. They also may assist in office administrative paperwork and help with dental equipment.

Where the jobs are: Dental Assistants in South Carolina tend to migrate toward Anderson, Sumter, and Myrtle Beach where jobs for them are more common, relative to the population, than in other parts of the state. In contrast, there are proportionally fewer jobs for Dental Assistants in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Columbia.

Going strictly by the raw number of jobs for Dental Assistants, you'd find the most in Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville.

Requirements are : An Associate's degree in dental assisting / Dental assistant certificate

Pay Salary Range: $23,307, 33,535, 32,380 36,050

Marie Coppola December 2010

Ref: Yahoo Education; Salary

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