Dental offices can be great places to work
If you’ve ever been to the dentist—and we hope you go twice a year—then you have probably seen a dental assistant in action. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have this job? Dental assistants play an important role in the everyday functions of a dental office. Read more to find out why people are choosing this as a career field.
Short training program
Getting dental assistant training can be a good option for people who may not think that college is the right choice for them. Training to be a dental assistant only takes about 1 year, which puts you in the workforce much sooner than longer college programs.
Good working hours
Dental assistants tend to have more convenient working hours than most hospital-based allied health workers. This is because most dental assistants work in dental offices—as opposed to hospitals that require night shifts and swing shifts. Most dental assistant jobs are full-time daytime jobs, although there are part-time possibilities too. There may be some evening and weekend hours required too.
Professional working environment
Many entry level jobs have unpleasant working conditions, such as working outdoors or working on a busy retail floor. Dental assistants, on the other hand, enjoy a pleasant working environment. It’s indoors, well-lit, air-conditioned, professional, and fairly quiet.
A sense of belonging
Being part of a dental practice can give you a sense of belonging. Over time, you get to know the dentists, hygienists, and other dental assistants, and there can be a sense of camaraderie. In addition, with a twice-a-year checkup schedule, you will get to know your patients as time goes by. It can be fun to catch up with them every six months and find out what’s new in their lives.
The employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. This predicted rate of growth is another reason people are choosing this career field.
Becoming a dental assistant may be a gratifying career for you. Or as time goes on, you may want to challenge yourself further. Some dental assistants choose to apply to dental hygienist programs as a way to improve their level of training. Having the background in dental assisting can help you along this career path.
For those living in the Delaware Valley, the Harris School of Business offers a Dental Assistant training program in Upper Darby, PA (near Philadelphia), Wilmington, DE and Voorhees, NJ. To learn more about our program, visit our program page or contact us online. Your future could be starting at the Harris School!