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Career and Education Opportunities for Dental Assistants in Illinois

Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago.

There are currently 12,630 working dental assistants in Illinois; this should grow 38% to 17,480 working dental assistants in the state by 2016. This is better than 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 $15 per hour or $31,420 annually on average in Illinois and about $15 per hour or $32,380 annually on average nationally. Earnings for dental assistants are better than earnings in the general category of Medical and Dental Assistance in Illinois and better than general Medical and Dental Assistance category earnings nationally. Dental assistants work in a variety of jobs, including: dental nurse, orthodontic assistant, and orthodontist assistant.

In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. About 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Field Museum, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Arts Club of Chicago.

CITIES WITH Dental Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Illinois


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 Illinois 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: Illinois

Illinois
Illinois photo by Hary Han

Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.