Is a Career in Dental Assisting Right For Me?
Are you considering a career as a dental assistant, but you're not sure of all the pros and cons? You have to ask what the benefits are for you in your current stage in life and whether or not it make sense for you to pursue a career as a dental assistant. We've thrown together a few things that might help you make your decision.
Dental assisting is a career that is projected to grow much faster than the national average for all professions. Regardless of fluctuations in the economy, people generally keep going to the dentist and there are new dental practices opening all the time. This means that your skills will be in demand and you will have a number of different options to choose from.
We wouldn't want you to get the wrong idea. If you want to find a good job, you will need to market yourself well, be professional, work hard, and have a good personality. But, if you do those things, and you're willing to hustle, you should not have trouble finding and keeping a job.
Looking for a new career can often be a very daunting task, especially when you consider how long it takes to go back to school to complete a degree or many certificate programs and the financial burden that can place on you (and sometimes your whole family).
Luckily, dental assistant training does not generally fall into this category. There are many programs that only last a few months and you won't have to break the bank to get your certificate. In as little as 15 weeks, you can be out looking for a job as a dental assistant.
Since in most areas there are an abundance of dental offices, there are usually part-time as well as full-time positions available. Also, many dental practices only see patients 4 days a week. So you know what that means...3 day weekends! Who doesn't love 3 day weekends?!
Challenging and Stimulating
As a dental assistant, you will always be learning new things, new techniques, new things about the human body, new aspects of the dental field, etc. You will be exposed to exciting and interesting new advances in medical technology that will provide as intriguing and stimulating learning environment. So if you love to learn, dental assisting may be the right career for you. You will never be bored!
Stay tuned for more ideas and pointers!