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Career and Education Opportunities for Dental Assistants in Idaho

Idaho has a population of 1,545,801, which has grown by 19.46% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Gem State," Idaho's capital and largest city is Boise.

There are currently 1,760 jobs for dental assistants in Idaho and this is projected to grow by 51% to 2,650 jobs by 2016. 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 $29,040 yearly on average in Idaho and about $15 per hour or $32,380 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Dental assistants earn more than people working in the category of Medical and Dental Assistance generally in Idaho and more than people in the Medical and Dental Assistance category nationally. People working as dental assistants can fill a number of jobs, such as: expanded duty dental assistant, orthodontist assistant, and dental office manager.

In 2008, there were a total of 939,793 jobs in Idaho. The average annual income was $32,994 in 2008, up from $32,837 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Idaho was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. About 21.7% of Idaho residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Idaho include semiconductor electronic component manufacturing, fruit preserving food manufacturing, and frozen food manufacturing.

CITIES WITH Dental Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Idaho


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 Idaho 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: Idaho

Idaho
Idaho photo by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Idaho has a population of 1,545,801, which has grown by 19.46% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Gem State," Idaho's capital and biggest city is Boise. In 2008, there were a total of 939,793 jobs in Idaho. The average annual income was $32,994 in 2008, up from $32,837 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Idaho was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Roughly 21.7% of Idaho residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Idaho include semiconductor electronic component manufacturing, fruit preserving food manufacturing, and frozen food manufacturing.