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Dental Assistants

Assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.   (O'Net 31-9091.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Certified Registered Dental Assistant, Dental Aide, Dental Assistant, Dental Nurse, Dental Office Manager   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Dental Assistants
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2013
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 13.12   $ 16.25   $ 19.34   $ 21.62   $ 23.04   $ 18.76  
    Yearly $ 27,290   $ 33,800   $ 40,220   $ 44,980   $ 47,930   $ 39,020  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 12.26   $ 16.62   $ 20.06   $ 22.14   $ 24.95   $ 19.25  
    Yearly $ 25,500   $ 34,570   $ 41,720   $ 46,060   $ 51,890   $ 40,050  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.88   $ 17.40   $ 19.56   $ 21.64   $ 22.89   $ 19.46  
    Yearly $ 33,030   $ 36,190   $ 40,690   $ 45,010   $ 47,600   $ 40,480  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.70   $ 13.39   $ 16.65   $ 20.05   $ 22.14   $ 16.69  
    Yearly $ 24,330   $ 27,860   $ 34,630   $ 41,710   $ 46,050   $ 34,710  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2014.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2012 2022
    Vermont 521 581 1.1% 17
    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 188 210 1.1% 6
    Southern Vermont Balance of State 223 248 1.1% 7
    Northern Vermont Balance of State 110 122 1.0% 3
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released August 2014, area estimates released October 2014.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Vermont
    2012
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Services-Providing 521 100%
    Total Employment, All Jobs 521 100%
    Ambulatory Health Care Services 519 100%
    Health Care and Social Assistance 519 100%
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August 2014.
     


    Tasks
    for Dental Assistants
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  • Prepare patient, sterilize and disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, and assist dentist during dental procedures.
     
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
     
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
     
  • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
     
  • Assist dentist in management of medical and dental emergencies.
     
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
     
  • Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
     
  • Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory.
     
  • Clean and polish removable appliances.
     
  • Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dental Assistants  updated June 2009
     


    Knowledge
    for Dental Assistants
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  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dental Assistants  updated June 2009
     


    Skills
    for Dental Assistants
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dental Assistants  updated March 2003
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dental Assistants  updated June 2009
     


    Work Activities
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  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dental Assistants  updated June 2009
     


    Interests
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  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outsi
     
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dental Assistants  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Dental Assistants  updated June 2009
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Dental Assistants
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Dental Assistant, Certified Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Dental Examiners
    Dental Assistant, Traditional Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Dental Examiners
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2009.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Dental Assistants  updated June 2009
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Dental Assistants
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Dental Assisting/Assistant
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


    Other Resources
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  • Health Care Careers
  • A resource of the University of Vermont, the Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC) has four regional centers where you can learn about careers in healthcare and the college programs, finanical aide and other resoures needed to pursue that career.
     
  • Labor Exchange Information
  • A source for occupational characteristics, such as age, gender, race, and years of education and an alternative source for occupational wage rates. Limited to people looking for jobs and the jobs advertised through VDOL Vermont Job Link.
  • Look for statewide information over the latest 12 months for Dental Assistants .
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  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
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  • O*NET™ Online
  • O*NET Online is an interactive web site for those interested in exploring occupations through O*NET, The Occupational Information Network database.   All of the descriptive information on this page comes from the O*NET database, version 14.0, released July 2009.   The O*NET database takes the place of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) as the nation's primary source of occupational information.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Dental Assistants 
     

     
     
     
    Vermont.gov State of Vermont Department of Labor