Dental assistants are well aware that their profession offers rewarding, fulfilling careers. Now the rest of the country knows it, too. Dental assisting recently landed a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s list of The 100 Best Jobs of 2017.

U.S. News & World Report rated dental assisting as the No. 25 best healthcare support job in the United States and as No. 100 in its overall rankings of U.S. jobs. The national magazine selected the profession for its annual list for the second year in a row. It praised dental assisting for a variety of factors, including its low unemployment, high job satisfaction and robust industry growth.

 

Flexibility

U.S. News & World Report noted that dental assisting is an appealing profession because it offers flexibility. Dental assistants can enter the field by attending a dental assisting program or being trained on the job. In addition, many dental assistants can take advantage of dental offices’ flexible hours and pursue full-time or part-time employment.

 

Challenging and Interesting Duties

As dentistry evolves, the duties of dental assistants are expanding as well. From assisting the dentist to making patients feel at ease to sterilizing instruments and operatories, assistants play an integral role on the dental team. Additionally, more states are allowing dental assistants to perform expanded functions. There’s never a boring day at this fast-paced, exciting job.

 

A Profession in Demand

Dental assisting continues to be a career on the rise. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects more than 58,000 new job openings for dental assistants through 2024. That’s an 18 percent growth rate. It is now one of the fastest-growing professions in the country.

 

What do you like best about dental assisting? Tell us in the comments below why it has been a rewarding and fulfilling career for you.