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Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.


SOC Code 31-9091 - Dental Assistants is a a final level code of the “Healthcare Support Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 351,470 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $19.79 and average Annual Wage of $41,170.

Occupation Examples

  • Certified Dental Assistant
  • Dental Aide
  • Dental Assistant
  • Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
  • Orthodontic Assistant
  • Orthodontist Assistant
  • Registered Dental Assistant
  • Surgical Dental Assistant

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