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Career and Education Opportunities for Dental Assistants in Hawaii

Hawaii has a population of 1,295,178, which has grown by 6.90% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Aloha State," Hawaii's capital and largest city is Honolulu.

There are currently 1,470 jobs for dental assistants in Hawaii and this is projected to grow by 11% to about 1,630 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for dental assistants are expected to grow by about 35.8%. In general, dental assistants assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.

Dental assistants earn about $14 per hour or $29,780 yearly on average in Hawaii and about $15 per hour or $32,380 per year on average nationally. Earnings for dental assistants are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Medical and Dental Assistance in Hawaii and better than general Medical and Dental Assistance category earnings nationally. Dental assistants work in a variety of jobs, including: registered dental assistant , expanded duties dental assistant , and dental aide.

In 2008, there were a total of 873,749 jobs in Hawaii. The average annual income was $42,078 in 2008, up from $40,924 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Hawaii was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 26.2% of Hawaii residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Hawaii include hotels, clothing accessories stores, and full-service restaurants. Notable tourist attractions include the Mission Houses Museum, the Hawaii Children's Museum, and the Academy of Arts Honolulu.

CITIES WITH Dental Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Hawaii


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 Hawaii 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.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Hawaii

Hawaii
Hawaii photo by Christopher P. Becker

Hawaii has a population of 1,295,178, which has grown by 6.90% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Aloha State," Hawaii's capital and biggest city is Honolulu. In 2008, there were a total of 873,749 jobs in Hawaii. The average annual income was $42,078 in 2008, up from $40,924 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Hawaii was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 26.2% of Hawaii residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Hawaii include hotels, clothing accessories stores, and full-service restaurants. Notable tourist attractions include the Iolani Palace, the Academy of Arts Honolulu, and the The Contemporary Museum.