There are currently over 300,000 Dental Assistants employed nationwide. Most of them work in dental offices. A small percentage work in government agencies, prison facilities, and physician offices. The potential for the dental assistant profession is better than most other medical fields. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011) states that Dental Assisting is one of the top contenders in growth both in wages and employment.
Dental Assistants can work in various fields of dentistry, which include: General Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Endodontics, Periodontics, or Pediatric Dentistry. Some Dental Assistants may also work in Public Health, Hospital Dental Clinics, and Dental Schools. Some Dental Assistants advance to become Office Managers, Dental Assisting Instructors, Dental Product Sales Representatives, or Dental Hygienists after further education.
There are many career opportunities for trained Dental Assistants. The job market is nationwide, so moving for employment is a great possibility for those who need to move.