Dental Assistants (31-9091)

Occupation description:  Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 1,1571,435 24.066 74168
United States 332,000396,600 19.518,600 20,90045,960

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is robust with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 18.6012.5814.98 18.0922.1125.54
Alaska 22.0715.3618.04 22.3026.4329.69
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 22.2314.3718.80 22.7726.4929.61
Fairbanks North Star Borough 21.5716.5718.84 21.4624.2428.12
Southeast Region 22.6816.1318.37 22.8227.3530.34
Balance of State 21.8115.3817.08 21.0327.0430.04

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,308140 10.721.9 15.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation278
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation76
UI claimants previously working in occupation90
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 537
Number of job position postings 107
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

 Degree
Assist to Succeed Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Dental Assisting certificate

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

 Degree
Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Health Science

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Dental Assistant Trainee Certificate
Dental Health Aide Therapist AAS

 Degree
Multimed   (Anchorage)
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Blood Borne Pathogens

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Bloodborne Pathogens / 045

 Degree
TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Dental Assisting AAS
Dental Assisting CER
Dental Assisting CT1
Dental Assisting CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Dental Assistant AAS
Dental Assistant CT2

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Dental Assistant