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Career and Education Opportunities for Dental Assistants in Mississippi

Mississippi has a population of 2,951,996, which has grown by 3.77% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Magnolia State," Mississippi's capital and most populous city is Jackson.

There are currently 1,740 working dental assistants in Mississippi; this should grow 33% to 2,310 working dental assistants in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for dental assistants, which sees this job pool growing by about 35.8% over the next eight years. In general, dental assistants assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.

Income for dental assistants is about $12 hourly or $26,620 yearly on average in Mississippi. Nationally, their income is about $15 hourly or $32,380 per year. Compared with people working in the overall category of Medical and Dental Assistance, people working as dental assistants in Mississippi earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Medical and Dental Assistance nationally. Jobs in this field include: orthodontic assistant, dental aide, and surgical dental assistant.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,558,262 jobs in Mississippi. The average annual income was $30,383 in 2008, up from $29,542 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Mississippi was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 16.9% of Mississippi residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Mississippi include furniture product manufacturing, household furniture cabinet manufacturing, and household furniture manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Glory of Baroque Dresden Exhibition, and the International Museum of Muslim Cultures.

CITIES WITH Dental Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Mississippi


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 Mississippi 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: Mississippi

Mississippi
Mississippi photo by Nathan Culpepper

Mississippi has a population of 2,951,996, which has grown by 3.77% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Magnolia State," Mississippi's capital and biggest city is Jackson. In 2008, there were a total of 1,558,262 jobs in Mississippi. The average annual income was $30,383 in 2008, up from $29,542 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Mississippi was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 16.9% of Mississippi residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Mississippi include furniture product manufacturing, household furniture cabinet manufacturing, and household furniture manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Audubon Society Jackson Chapter, the Manship House Museum, and the Glory of Baroque Dresden Exhibition.