Dental Assistant Program

About the Profession

Dental assistants have one of the most diverse and interesting of all positions in a dental office. They have many duties, from calming nervous patients and helping to manage the office to recording medical history before dental procedures. Dental assisting is a real challenge, demanding versatility and a willingness to assume responsibility for many expanded functions.


The average dentist employs two or three assistants. As a result, dental assistants are in demand, and the job outlook is excellent. Career options include both full-time and part-time positions.

Outstanding Work Conditions

Dental offices are interesting, pleasant, people-oriented environments in which to work. And since dental assistants are in demand, they may have some flexibility in choosing their hours.

Professional Outlook

This is expected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates a 29 percent increase in jobs between 2006 and 2016. A 2008 salary study by the Dental Assisting National Board found that Dental Assistants with national certification earned an average of $18 and hour, compared with $15.02 for those without certification.

Learn More

Lots more information about this profession is avaialbe on Vol State's Career Pathways site.