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SOC: 31-9091 Dental Assistants
Assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.
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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.
OJT: 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.
Tasks: Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures. Record treatment information in patient records. Expose dental diagnostic x-rays. Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients. Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies. Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist. Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs. Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory. Fabricate temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions. Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts. Pour, trim, and polish study casts. Clean and polish removable appliances.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $12.46   Entry $25,909.00
Mean $16.69   Mean $34,707.00
Experience $18.80 Experience $39,112.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
3,5204,1404751.63
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