Dental Assistants :

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $38,630.00
Average Time to Fill 43 days
Typical Education Certificate / Credential
Typical Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 7,547
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 18.69 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Customer Service
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Information Gathering
Following Directions
Resource Allocation

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Treat dental problems or diseases
Perform dental hygiene procedures
Fit patients for prosthetic or assistive devices
Assist practitioners to perform medical procedures
Conduct dental x-rays
Assist practitioners in examining, evaluating, or treating patients
Feed food to individuals
Assist individuals with dressing, undressing, grooming, bathing, or other daily activities
Assist patients in performing breathing exercises

Documenting/Recording Information

Maintain dental records, reports, or files
Record vital statistics or other health information
Maintain record of medication or equipment dispensed to patient
Record medical history
Process medical billing information
Develop photographic media such as film, x-rays, or medical images
Prepare billing statements

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare medical treatment room
Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use
Set-up dental equipment
Sterilize laboratory, medical, or veterinary equipment or instruments
Make patient-assistive devices or device models
Set-up patient care equipment
Collect specimens from patients

Training and Teaching Others

Educate patients in use of assistive, supportive, or health-related devices
Teach medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients
Prepare medical reports
Prepare dental reports or presentations

Real-Time Job Posting Statistics

Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Certified Dental Assistant
Occupational Health and Safety
Patient Preparation
Dental Histories
Treatment Planning
Oral Health Maintenance
Treatment Preparation

Related Licensing Requirements

Dental Radiographer (18-0000000031)

To obtain certification, applicants must: Have satisfactorily completed either a board-approved educational program in radiographic technology or a board-approved On the Job Training program. Have satisfactorily completed either the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination in general chairside assisting or the DANB Dental Radiation Health and Safety examination. Complete an application form

- Indiana State Department of Health~Indoor and Radiologic Health (3172337565)

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