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DENTAL ASSISTANTS
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Occupation Description:
 
  Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.
 
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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
  • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
  • Pour, trim, and polish study casts.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects..
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders..
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods..
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Post secondary vocational training
 
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Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $43,788.00 $21.06 $15.78 $17.15 - $24.71
Bridgeport/Stamford $47,619.00 $22.90 $16.75 $18.65 - $27.73
Danbury $41,867.00 $20.13 $14.24 $15.38 - $24.37
Hartford $41,908.00 $20.14 $15.33 $16.49 - $23.56
New Haven $42,853.00 $20.60 $16.04 $16.89 - $23.68
New London/Norwich $42,874.00 $20.62 $15.65 $17.35 - $24.25
Waterbury $42,288.00 $20.33 $16.12 $16.90 - $23.94
Torrington $50,413.00 $24.24 $20.92 $21.51 - $27.65
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 3,820 4,200 0.9% 132
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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