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15. Dental assistants

August 23, 2018

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Millennial percent of total employment: 45.5%Median age of all employees: 36.7Total employment: 299,000 (19.5% projected growth)Median annual wage: $37,630Typical entry-level education: Postsecondary nondegree award

Dental assistants perform many duties in a dentist’s office, including taking x-rays, setting up equipment, or performing administrative duties such as recordkeeping and scheduling. While dentists are required to have an MD in dental medicine, dental assistants can be trained on the job or by passing an exam after completing an accredited program. The high job growth can be partially attributed to the healthcare demands of an aging population.

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