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Dental Assisting Career after High School
Choosing a Career after High School
Knowing what you want to do after high school graduation can be tough. To some, going back to school for another 4 years doesn’t sound satisfying, not to mention the debt that might come along with a college degree. Going to school to become a dental assistant is easier and cheaper than getting a college degree, and doing so only requires a high school diploma. In just 10 consecutive Saturdays you can graduate from Appleton’s top dental assisting school.
Benefits to Becoming a Dental Assistant
Going to Weekend Dental Assistant School to graduate as a dental assistant comes with many benefits including:
1. A positive working environment
Dental assisting allows you the freedom to move around and interact with people rather than sitting at a desk all day. You’ll perform a variety of tasks as a dental assistant in a clean and upbeat work space.
2. The ability to work anywhere
You won’t feel tied down when you graduate from our Appleton dental assisting school. Dental assistants are needed all over and there are a variety of different specialities which means a variety of offices to work in.
3. Connection with other people
As a dental assistant, you’ll notice that patients rely on you for assistance and comfort during their appointments. You’ll be able to connect with a variety of different people on the job. This is a great opportunity if you’re a people person.
4. A Gateway to other opportunities
If you’ve decided after high school that a career in the dental industry is right for you, dental assisting is a great stepping stone. Though other dental careers require more education, the paycheck might be worth it down the line.
5. A positive job outlook
Dental assistants are in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 19% growth is expected through 2026 for dental assisting jobs. You can expect better pay, more benefits, and even more respect for your future career.
6. Fast training
Several dental assisting school programs can take up to a year to graduate. Dental assisting school in Wisconsin only takes 10 days to complete.
7. Pay and benefits
The cost of our dental assisting program is outweighed by the amount you could earn on average as a dental assistant. The average annual wage for dental assisting is $37,500+. Dental assistants can also receive insurance, paid holidays, free dental care, and paid sick leave.
Job Outlook for Dental Assistants
After high school, you want to be sure you’re in a field that is going to pay off down the road. Dental assisting has a good job outlook over the next ten years. The number of dental assisting jobs is expected to increase by 7% between 2019 and 2029. Wisconsin alone has a projected growth of 7% with a median salary of $40,740. Since oral health and general health are becoming more and more linked, the demand for preventive dental services continues to increase and the need for dental assistants does too. The need to treat teeth will never go down, especially with the population continuing to increase.
Future Careers After Dental Assisting
Dental assisting is a great start for a career after high school. If you want to explore more options in the future, there are several other dental careers that require more education but could earn you more money.
Dental hygienists look for signs of oral disease and provide preventative services.
Median annual salary: $76,200
Dental Laboratory Technician
Dental technicians work closely with dentists to create dentures, veneers, implants, and more. They can work directly with dental offices, medical wholesalers, or manufacturers.
Median annual salary: $41,300
Dentists diagnose and treat oral conditions such as periodontitis, gum disease, cavities, and more. They can repair or remove damaged teeth or replace them.
Median annual salary: $155,600
Dental anesthesiologists manage patients’ pain, anxiety, safety, and health before and during surgical procedures. They administer local and general anesthesia.
Orthodontists specialize in straightening patients’ teeth. This is done by apply pressure to the teeth by the application of braces.
Median annual salary: $208,000+
Periodontists focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting gums and other supporting structures. They are available for cosmetic or health reasons.