Office of Science Education skip navigation
Office of Science Education Office of Science Education LifeWorks Icons
LifeWorks
Search
OSE Home > LifeWorks > Alphabetical List > Assistant, Dental
LifeWorks Icons
Assistant, Dental
 
 
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information
Summary

ActivitiesPerform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. They assist dentists, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$33,470 per year in May 2010

Work Context & ConditionsDental assistants work in a well-lighted, clean environment. Their work area is usually near the dental chair so that they can arrange instruments, materials, and medication and hand them to the dentist when needed.

Minimum Education RequirementsAcademic High School Program

SkillsSocial Perceptiveness, Active Listening, Time Management, Equipment Maintenance, Active Learning, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking

AbilitiesOral Expression, Near Vision, Written Expression, Oral Comprehension

InterviewsChristopher Beadle
     
Contact Us   |   FOIA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   |   National Institutes of Health   |   USA.gov - Government made easy


Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives • National Institutes of Health • Bethesda, Maryland 20892

NIH...Turning Discovery Into Health®