Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

A Dental Assistant (sometimes referred to as Dental Nurse) prepares patients for dental examinations and assists Dental Practitioners with instruments, treatments and X-rays. The average salary of a Dental Assistant is $43,454 per annum.

To become a Dental Assistant, you'll usually have to complete a certain amount of training such as a VET qualification in dental assisting.

Salary range
Average salary $43,454
salary range
$37,462
$43,454
$49,447
Source: SEEK
Projected job growth
5% by 2020
5%
2015
2020
Source: joboutlook.gov.au
Employment by region
The top three regions for employment as a Dental Assistant are:
NSW
NSW 24.5%
VIC
VIC 24.6%
QLD
QLD 25.3%
Source: joboutlook.gov.au

Key skills required

The top skills for a Dental Assistant are:
  • Good with hands
  • Able to concentrate and follow instructions
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organisation and time management skills
  • Interested in healthcare work
Source: myfuture.edu.au
Career pathway planner
Starting out
Starting out

Become a qualified Dental Assistant with an accredited TAFE course. You'll learn how to work alongside Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists.

Moving up in the industry
Moving up in the industry

Prepare for a variety of roles within the health industry with a nationally recognised advanced diploma.

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