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The Best Career Ideas for High School Graduates That Don’t Require a Degree

Careers Require No College DegreeIt’s that time of year when seniors and even juniors in high school start to think about what they want to do after graduation. Whether it's to attend school or work full-time there are endless opportunities to choose from.

While many schools encourage students to attend a four year college, individuals should know there are other options out there. Whether it’s for financial reasons or personal interests college might not be for everyone and it is completely acceptable to choose another path.  From choosing a technical field to working in the service industry, continue reading to learn about rewarding careers which require little-to-no training.

 Dental Assisting

Dental assisting is a very rewarding career which allows you to work alongside a dentist and with patients in a dental office. The office environment can vary depending on whether you choose to work in a specialty office. Specialty offices include: pediatric, orthodontic, oral surgeon and even endodontic offices. Responsibilities of a dental assistant are typically similar despite the type of office for which assistants work in.

Dental assistant jobs are projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028. The continued increase in preventative dental care is increasing the demand for dental assistant jobs. The national average hourly pay for dental assistants is $17.00.

There are many programs available to help train individuals and depending on the state of employment will determine whether dental assistants need to be certified. While the state of Wisconsin does not require dental assistants to obtain a certificate many employers do require some type of training.

Weekend Dental Assistant School of Wisconsin offers a renowned training program for individuals to train to become successful dental assistants. Offered on Saturday mornings and only 10 weeks long, this flexible schedule allows students to continue working full or part time while they attend school. The training program consists of both lecture and clinical dental assistant training with a CPR and an Advanced X-Ray course available once per session. Training is offered 3 times each year: winter, spring & fall.

Chair Side Dental Assistant Training

  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Ethics and Law of Dentistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Oral Surgery
  • Prosthetic Dentistry – fixed and removable
  • Endodontics
  • Interview Process and Resume
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Pain and Anxiety Control
  • Pediatrics
  • Infection control
  • OSHA and HIPAA regulations
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Charting
  • Handpieces and burs

Clinical Dental Assistant Training 

  • Radiology
  • Infection control
  • Needle and syringe set up and handling
  • Correct instrument passing
  • Suctioning and tissue retraction
  • Treatment room disinfection
  • Impressions
  • Stone/plaster pour-up and model trimming

Responsibilities of a Dental Assistant 

  • Prepare exam room to ensure equipment is ready, sterile and organized
  • Take dental x-rays
  • Take impressions
  • Maintain and update current dental records
  • Pass instruments to dentist during procedures
  • Ensure patients are comfortable and help teach healthy dental habits

Medical Assisting 

Medical assisting is another great way to start your career if you enjoy the health field, working with people and don’t necessarily want to work within dentistry. Medical assisting has emerged as a top career in healthcare, offering incredible employment potential, a good salary, employment benefits and job security. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 155,000 new jobs are expected to become available to medical assistants in the US between 2018 and 2028. The BLS also reports an average hourly wage for medical assistants of around $16 per hour, which can vary depending upon your location and experience. Salaries are often accompanied by employment benefits, vacation pay, health and dental insurance, retirement benefits and more.

If you are flexible, service oriented and dedicated to caring for people, medical assisting may be an ideal career for you. While it is possible to become a medical assistant with no more than a high school diploma or GED along with on-the-job-training, employers more often select applicants who received medical assistant training and certification through a properly accredited program.

Becoming a Medical Assistant

Just like dental assistant training, there are several options available if you wish to pursue this career.

  • On-the-job training
  • Formal training through an accredited program
  • Becoming certified
  • On-the-Job Training and Education

Choosing to become a medical assistant through on-the-job training is the fastest way to enter the field since it allows you to begin working and earn money while learning. This path can be challenging as it may be difficult to find a doctor willing to hire an untrained applicant.

Formal Training Through Accredited Programs and Becoming Certified

There are many colleges, universities and technical schools offering medical assistant training programs. Depending upon your preferences, you may choose to earn a certificate or diploma in as little as 9-12 months, or an associate’s degree in 18-24 months. These programs typically include classroom and laboratory training.

Training varies from classroom instruction on campus, online programs to a blend of the two. If you want to become a Certified Medical Assistant after high school graduation, choosing a program which is CAAHEP or ABHES accredited is recommended. Getting your certification immediately upon training is also recommended. Testing for a certification when your skillset and knowledge is still fresh may make the process easier.  

Don’t let deciding on what you should do get in the way of your dreams. There are endless opportunities to choose from that don’t require a four year degree. Do your research and maintain perseverance. Choose a path best for you.

Does Dental Assisting Interest You? 

If dental assisting is a career you’d like to learn more about check out our career information page now. From dental assistant school costs to uniform requirements, Weekend Dental Assistants School’s website is your number one resource for all the information you need! 

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