Career Advice

Dental Assistant - Is It Right For You?

Job Reactor 28 April, 2020

If you are interested in the dental field but are not ready to commit to a full dental degree, then perhaps Dental Assistant is a good career option for you. Here we will go over a few of the basic details of this occupation to help you decide if this would be a good fit for you.

What is a Dental Assistant?

A Dental Assistant is a medical professional which assists a dentist with office duties. These duties can include prepping patients for procedures, cleaning equipment, assisting with examination and procedures. In some cases, a Dental Assistant may also be required to assist with administrative duties as well. This can include answering phones, taking messages, as well as scheduling appointments. 

What Are The Qualifications for a Dental Assistant?

Qualifications for a Dental Assistant will vary for different regions. You should research your specific regions for qualification requirements. General requirements would include a Dental Assistant certification. These certifications can usually be completed in less than two years. This program will include basic dental medical training as well as training on how to interact with patients. It is also important that a Dental Assistant have a friendly disposition as you will be interacting with patients. 

How Much Do Dental Assistants Make?

The salary for a Dental Assistant will vary depending on location and employer. A basic estimated salary for this position is £22,000. To determine exact salary, you can research employers in your area. This salary can be affected by education and experience. 

Dental Assisting is a great way to get experience in the dental field, without committing to a long term dental degree.