Dental Assistant

Job Description

Dental assistants prepare patients for oral examination and assist other dental workers, such as dentists, dental therapists and dental hygienists, in providing treatment to the teeth, mouth and gums. Dental assistants also carry out chair-side and reception duties.

Careers Ladder

Qualifications

There are three pathways to becoming a dental assistant.

  1. The first pathway involves the traditional entry o employers providing on-the-job training.
  2. The second pathway involves you undertaking a Traineeship in Dental Assisting.
  3. The third pathway involves taking a full time certificate course with a registered provider.

Undertaking vocational training in the form of a Certificate III in Dental Assisting or Certificate IV in Dental Assisting will substantially increase your chances of employment, financial remuneration and career advancement.

Attributes

  • Calm
  • Cheerful
  • Communicator
  • Cooperative
  • Courteous
  • Customer-orientated
  • Devoted
  • Educated
  • Friendly
  • Integrity
  • Meticulous
  • Reliable
  • Responsible
  • Team Player
  • Thorough

Key Skills

  • Computer Literacy
  • Preparedness 
  • Clean
  • Ability to take instruction
  • Manual Dexterity

Future Prospects

Most dental assistants are employed by dentists in private practices and clinics.

Some dental assistants undertake further study to become dental hygienists or Dental Technicians. Others gain further administrative experience and possibly qualifications to progress to practice management. It is a large occupation with good employment opportunities.