Dental Assistant

More than a receptionist or secretary—dental offices often have one of those too—the dental assistant go above and beyond carrying out any number of administrative tasks. They're expected to be the right-hand man or woman of the dentist in charge. And the faster they learn about dental care, the faster they can rise through the ranks.

Dental Assistant Salary Comparison

$35K
Dental Assistant
$30K
Pharmacy Technician
$72K
Dental Hygienists

Best Schools

RankSchool
1UNC Chapel Hill
2Indiana University
3University of Alabama
4Broward College

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"Go for it, but don't expect to love it immediately. You're going to be working alongside a lot of incredibly intelligent people who will be in a constant state of stress and might take their stress out on you at times. You're going to need thick skin definitely. But you'll also learn a lot and you'll be getting a golden opportunity to watch and help experts at work."

Max Robinson (RDA)

Three Steps to Advance

  • Get a mentor.
  • Specialize.
  • Continue your education.

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