Dental Assistants

(NOC 3411)


These comments cover the career grouping of Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services, which includes Dental Assistants.

Job prospects in this career are rated FAIR because:

In recent years, the number of dental assistants remained fairly stable. Dentists' preference for dental hygienists (NOC 3222) seems to have attenuated the positive impact of the public's heightened awareness of oral hygiene. This trend should continue over the next few years.

Experience as a dental assistant is an asset for persons studying dental hygiene technology.

The turnover rate in this occupation is largely attributable to difficult working conditions: the requirement to work standing up and bending over, the relatively low salary, time constraints, the large number of part-time jobs, few career development opportunities, etc.

To improve the efficiency and profitability of their practices, increasing numbers of dentists are delegating certain acts to dental hygienists (NOC 3222). This trend, which should continue in the coming years, promotes the hiring of dental hygienists and works against that of dental assistants because they are not authorized to perform as many acts as dental hygienists.

Given these factors, the number of dental assistants should remain fairly stable over the next few years.

Job Seekers: 158,109
Job Openings: 165,026

Job prospects for this career are rated Fair

Last Updated: May 13, 2012