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Career and Education Opportunities for Dental Assistants in New Mexico

New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its biggest city is Albuquerque.

There are currently 1,780 working dental assistants in New Mexico; this should grow by 23% to 2,190 working dental assistants in the state 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.

Income for dental assistants is about $14 per hour or $30,080 per year on average in New Mexico. Nationally, their income is about $15 hourly or $32,380 annually. Compared with people working in the overall category of Medical and Dental Assistance, people working as dental assistants in New Mexico earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Medical and Dental Assistance nationally. Dental assistants work in a variety of jobs, including: expanded functions dental assistant , certified dental assistant , and dental nurse.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. About 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist attractions include the LA Fonda Del Bosque, the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop, and the Flowers by ZACH.

CITIES WITH Dental Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN New Mexico


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 New Mexico 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: New Mexico

New Mexico
New Mexico photo by karol m

New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its largest city is Albuquerque. In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. About 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist destinations include the Albuquerque City Government, the Flowers by ZACH, and the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop.