Dental Assistants

5.3/10 job score
AUTOMATION RISK
53%
risk level
POLLING
GROWTH
8.4%
by 2031
WAGES
$38,660
or $18.59 hourly
VOLUME
347,170
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 53% (Robots are watching)

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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 8.4% by 2031
'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 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

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

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Dental Assistants' was $38,660, or $18.59 hourly
'Dental Assistants' are paid 15.5% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as dental assistants?

As of 2021 there were 347,170 people employed as Dental Assistants within the United States.
This represents around 0.25% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 405 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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