The Types of Jobs Dental Assistants Can Get

Whether you are currently enrolled in one of our programs or you are seeking a new job as a dental assistant, there are several types of jobs that are available. Depending on your lifestyle and family situation, there are both part-time and full-time dental assistant positions available at most dental offices.

If you are just starting a career in the industry and are seeking full-time work, this is the most common way to break into the field. Because there are so many tasks given to a dental assistant, it is often important to the dental office to have someone that can be trusted and willing to work a minimum of 40 hours per week.

For those who may be beginning a family or want to spend more time at home with loved ones, there are also part-time positions available at many dental offices. Below is more information about each position.

Full-Time Dental Assistants

Should you be interested in becoming a full-time dental assistant and have gone through the proper training with us, you will already be cognizant of the duties that will be expected of you on a regular basis. If you are considering joining our program and want to know what your career would possibly entail, you would normally be assigned to tasks such as preparing patients and the work area for procedures, sterilizing dental equipment, processing x-rays, record keeping and more.  There are many tasks that are assigned to a dental assistant on a daily basis and it is important that you be organized, are empathetic to patients and have good interpersonal skills.

Part-Time Dental Assistants

For those seeking part-time work, you will have many of the same tasks of a full-time employee and are expected to be just as competent in all ways. Recent studies have shown that 1 in 3 dental assistants are part-time employees and many work weekends and/or nights to better assist the office.

Potential Future Roles

The dental field offers many options for career growth. Many dental assistants learn that they have a passion for the field and want to develop their skills even further. If you are a dental assistant interested in a new position, such as a dental hygienist, you should be able to easily make the transition. With the experience and schooling you have already acquired, you will be set for success and will need to earn a AA degree in dental hygiene and complete certain licensing examinations specific to your state.

If there are any other questions that you have about potential jobs or you would like to learn more about our program, we ask that you please reach out to us today at Sunrise School of Dental Assisting!

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