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Career and Education Opportunities for Dental Assistants in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has a population of 3,687,050, which has grown by 6.85% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Sooner State," Oklahoma's capital and biggest city is Oklahoma City.

There are currently 3,160 jobs for dental assistants in Oklahoma and this is projected to grow 17% to 3,680 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%. Dental assistants generally assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.

Dental assistants earn about $13 per hour or $28,810 annually on average in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma and better than general Medical and Dental Assistance category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: certified registered dental assistant, dental office manager, and orthodontic assistant.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,206,469 jobs in Oklahoma. The average annual income was $35,969 in 2008, up from $34,298 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma was 6.4% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Roughly 20.3% of Oklahoma residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Oklahoma include boiler, tank, and shipping container manufacturing, pump manufacturing, and oil field machinery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Guthrie Jazz Banjo Festival Inc, the Oklahoma Museums Association, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

CITIES WITH Dental Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Oklahoma


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 Oklahoma 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: Oklahoma

Oklahoma
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Oklahoma has a population of 3,687,050, which has grown by 6.85% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Sooner State," Oklahoma's capital and biggest city is Oklahoma City. In 2008, there were a total of 2,206,469 jobs in Oklahoma. The average annual income was $35,969 in 2008, up from $34,298 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma was 6.4% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 20.3% of Oklahoma residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Oklahoma include boiler, tank, and shipping container manufacturing, pump manufacturing, and oil field machinery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Amateur Softball Association of Amrca NTNL Hdqrtrs, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Oklahoma Museums Association.