Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.
- Education Requirements: Some states require dental assistants to graduate from an accredited program and pass an exam. Most programs are offered by community colleges
- Soft skills: detail oriented, dexterity and interpersonal skills
- Average annual salary: $36,900
- 3 in state schools: Carrington College (Portland, OR), Altierus Career College (Portland, OR), Institute of Technology (Salem, OR)
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