Dental Assistants (31-9091)

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

For an explanation of the data, click on the question mark next to the heading.

Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 1,1411,380 20.924 3155
United States 318,800377,400 18.45,860 7,88013,750

Job outlook

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


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 17.7512.0014.22 17.3021.0924.35
Alaska 21.4215.5118.16 21.4524.8728.35
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 21.8615.9619.23 21.9525.0428.31
Fairbanks North Star Borough 19.7314.9516.41 18.5222.4827.54
Southeast Region 21.3015.4417.68 21.7525.5728.42
Balance of State 21.4215.4317.59 21.3425.6228.64

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,287128 9.921.1 14.5
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation242
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation74
UI claimants previously working in occupation112
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 482
Number of job position postings 112
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.3

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

 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 CT2

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

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Dental Assistant