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Career and Education Opportunities for Dental Assistants in Alabama

Alabama has a population of 4,708,708, which has grown by 5.88% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie," its capital is Montgomery, though its most populous city is Birmingham.

About 2,850 people are currently employed as dental assistants in Alabama. By 2016, this is expected to grow 39% to 3,950 people employed. This is better than the national trend for dental assistants, which sees this job pool growing by about 35.8% over the next eight years. Dental assistants generally assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.

A person working as a dental assistant can expect to earn about $13 per hour or $27,510 per year on average in Alabama and about $15 per hour or $32,380 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for dental assistants are better than in the overall category of Medical and Dental Assistance in Alabama, and better than the overall Medical and Dental Assistance category nationally. Jobs in this field include: oral and maxiofacial surgical assistant, expanded dental assistant, and surgical dental assistant.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,640,717 jobs in Alabama. The average annual income was $33,655 in 2008, up from $32,803 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alabama was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.9% since the previous year. About 19.0% of Alabama residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Alabama include manufacturing magnetic media, asphalt shingle materials manufacturing, and perishable prepared food manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the McWane Center, the Samuel Ullman Museum, and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

CITIES WITH Dental Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Alabama


JOB DESCRIPTION: Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, dental assistants assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.

Every day, dental assistants are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Alabama include:

  • Medical Assistant. Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
  • Medical Equipment Technician. Prepare, sterilize, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.
  • Psychiatric Aide. Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Alabama

Alabama
Alabama photo by Melinda Shelton

Alabama has a population of 4,708,708, which has grown by 5.88% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie," its capital is Montgomery, though its most populous city is Birmingham. In 2008, there were a total of 2,640,717 jobs in Alabama. The average annual income was $33,655 in 2008, up from $32,803 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alabama was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.9% since the previous year. Approximately 19.0% of Alabama residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Alabama include manufacturing magnetic media, asphalt shingle materials manufacturing, and perishable prepared food manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Alan's Discount Music, the The Hip Hop Museum of Art, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.