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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California is among the top paying states for dental assistants with an average wage of $16.97 per hour or $35,290 annually. A dental assistant may work in private practice either in general dentistry or a specialty such as:

  • Periodontics 
  • Oral surgery 
  • Endodontics 
  • Pedodontics 
  • Orthodontics 
  • Prosthodontics

Other areas of employment include community clinics, government agencies including federal or state hospitals, armed service dental clinics, dental supply sales, and dental school clinics.

Why Choose a Career in Dental Assisting?

Dental assistants are in huge demand all over the nation. It is anticipated that dental assisting will be among the fastest growing occupations. This means you will have job opportunities available most anywhere you choose to live. Being a dental assistant will allow you to decide if you want to pursue a career as a lab technician, dental hygienist, or a dentist. You will get to see first hand what such jobs entail.

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Brittany Nichols

Brittany Nichols
Dental Assisting

"Allan Hancock College offers many great courses and programs with flexible hours. I am able to get hands-on training to prepare myself for my future career. My goal is to graduate with a two-year degree and enter a hygienist program."
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Last Modified Aug 15, 2017