Dental Assistants

5.5/10 job score
AUTOMATION RISK
45%
risk level
POLLING
GROWTH
11.2%
by 2030
WAGES
$41,180
or $19.80 hourly
VOLUME
312,140
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 45% (Start worrying)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Finger Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
Manual Dexterity
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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Dental Assistants' job openings is expected to rise 11.2% by 2030
'Dental Assistants' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Dental Assistants' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Dental Assistants' was $41,180, or $19.80 hourly
'Dental Assistants' are paid 1.8% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 312,140 people employed as Dental Assistants.
This represents around 0.22% of the employed workforce across the United States.

Job description

Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.

SOC Code: 31-9091.00

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