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Dental Assistants

What Dental Assistants Do

Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x-rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.

How to Become a Dental Assistant
There are several possible paths to becoming a dental assistant. Some states require assistants to graduate from an accredited program and pass an exam.

Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for dental assistants was $35,980 in May 2015. Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 18 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.