Education and Other Qualifications
There are many dental-assisting programs offered by various institutions such as community and junior colleges, Armed Forces, technical institutes and trade schools, but there are also many assistants who learn their skills on their job. Most dental-assisting programs take a year to complete. For most States, they don't require formal training or education in entry level of dental assisting job while other States require dental assistants to have a certification or license.
In 2008, the available jobs for dental assistants has held about 295,300 wherein 93 percent of the jobs were at the dentists offices and a small number were in local governments, State and Federal. From 2008 to 2018, dental-assisting jobs will grow 36 percent and considered as the fastest growing jobs over the projection period. The drive for job openings is replacement of assistants who transfer to other jobs.