Snapshot

Dental Assistants prepare patients for dental examination and assist Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Therapists in providing care and treatment.

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Dental Assistants
  • How many are employed in this occupation?
22,000
  • What are the average weekly earnings for full time workers ($ before tax)?
$800
  • How does unemployment compare with other occupations?
Below average
  • What are the job prospects for this occupation?
Average
  • What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years?
Very strong growth
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Tasks

This occupation may include associated occupations with varying tasks.

  • receiving and preparing patients
  • arranging and handing instruments, medication, and other dental requisites to Dental Practitioners
  • preparing dental materials and processing X-rays
  • using suction devices and water sprays
  • performing routine maintenance on equipment
  • sterilising and preventing cross infection of equipment
  • may advise patients on dental health education and post-operative care and procedures
  • may act as receptionist for Dental Practitioners
  • may perform billing and other clerical tasks.

Job Titles

  • Dental Assistant

VET (Vocational Education And Training)

  • Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • Certificate IV in Dental Assisting
  • Diploma of Dental Technology

Other Careers In This Industry

Job Vacancies

  • Mon 25 May , 2020
  • Bald Hills, Queensland
  • Thu 21 May , 2020
  • Geelong West, Victoria
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