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)

  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.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 18.2212.2414.62 17.7621.7225.00
Alaska 21.8215.8818.17 21.7925.4428.98
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 21.7315.8118.33 21.7524.9528.77
Fairbanks North Star Borough 20.7416.1817.85 20.5323.4926.85
Southeast Region 21.6315.8617.84 21.8025.8028.96
Balance of State 22.8315.8018.16 23.4527.5129.79

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

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

Assist to Succeed Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Dental Assisting certificate

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Health Science

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Dental Assistant Trainee Certificate

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

TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Dental Assisting AAS
Dental Assisting CT2

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

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Dental Assistant