Health and Public Safety

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistants work directly with dentists treating patients. They may also fill other roles including dental office receptionist and sterilization assistant.

Key Skills IconKey skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to put patient at ease
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Steady hands

Working Conditions IconWorking conditions

  • Office and clinic environment
  • Possible evening and weekend work
  • Required to wear uniform (scrubs)

Is it a good fit? IconCareer potential*

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Technologist
  • Dentist

*May require additional education.

Related or similar careers

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Medical Radiologic Technologist

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Average SAIT graduate employment rate (2017)*
*Dental Assisting


Average salary (Alberta)*


Median SAIT graduate salary (2017)*
*Dental Assisting

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