The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects this career to grow 8% from 2021-2031 (which is much faster than the average for all occupations) due to the increasing aging population.
In 2021, the median pay in the US was $18.59/hour or about $38,660/year. Depending on location, expertise, and skill, this varies and can range from $15/hour to $24/hour.
FLEXIBILITY & FREEDOM
Dentistry is a profession that is typically considered full-time at four days/ week. This allows more flexibility in both your personal and professional schedules.
VARIATION IN DAILY DUTIES
Within general dentistry, daily duties vary depending on the day and patient.
VARIATION OF JOBS WITHIN THE DENTAL FIELD
Jobs within the dental field can include working with General Dentists, Orthodontists (braces), Pedodontics (kids), Endodontics (root canal therapy), Prosthodontists (replacing teeth), Periodontists (treatment of the gums and tooth roots), Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (surgery of the face, mouth, and jaws).
Becoming an RDA can be a stepping stone to furthering your career in other areas within the dental office, such as the front desk or as an office manager. It also increases the likelihood of being accepted into highly competitive Dental Hygiene programs, giving you a competitive edge.