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.

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 19.7913.4516.08 19.2723.3427.37
Alaska 23.7316.0118.79 22.6528.3632.48
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 22.1414.9918.13 21.9826.2930.61
Fairbanks North Star Borough 24.1816.5118.20 21.8626.8129.85
Balance of State 25.6817.1919.33 24.9630.9736.40

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

Health Science

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

Assist to Succeed Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Dental Assisting certificate

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Dental Assistant Trainee Endorsement
Dental Health Aide Certificate
Dental Health Therapy AAS

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

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Bloodborne Pathogens / 045

TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens

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

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

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Dental Assistant