Dental Assistants

risk level
Based on 84 votes
by year 2032
or $22.37 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

53% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

40% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a higher chance of automation: 53% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Dental Assistants will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Dental Assistants' job openings is expected to rise 8.4% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Dental Assistants' was $46,540, or $22 per hour

'Dental Assistants' were paid 3.2% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 370,690 people employed as 'Dental Assistants' within the United States.

This represents around 0.24% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 409 people are employed as 'Dental Assistants'.

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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Aly Mohamed says
AI and robotic systems are *right now* being used as dental assistants like yomi robotic system maybe search about it guys. AI will replace dental assistants IF the dental clinics bought yomi robotic system which actually cost a lot no like I actually mean it a lot. I think dental assistants wouldn't be sad about getting replaced by AI because dental assistants can be dentists and some of them are nurses depends on the education. AI will replace dental assistants but they will not replace dentists.
May 06, 2024 at 01:49 PM

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