It’s a good time to be a dental assistant! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 300,000 dental assistants working in the United States, and the profession is growing — at an estimated rate of 18% between 2014 and 2024.

To paint a picture of this rising career, the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) put together some of the most up-to-date facts and figures. Take a look at the infographic to learn more about the United States of Dental Assisting.

Dental Assistant Jobs

As you can see, job titles and requirements for dental assistants vary from state to state — it can get complicated!

“When I earned CDA certification, I was six weeks away from moving to another state. When I was looking for jobs, it made a difference.” —Maryann M., CDA

Luckily, DANB’s website also has resources for dental assistants looking to keep up with state requirements across the U.S., like the search-by-state map that allows you to find the specific requirements for your state.

Also, because DANB certification is recognized or required by 39 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs, holding DANB certification can make it easier to meet dental assisting requirements if you ever move and need to find work in a new state.

“My spouse is in the Air Force, so moving around and changing jobs has been hard, but because I was certified I was always able to obtain a job without a problem.” Regina K., CDA, COA

Visit DANB’s website to learn more about state requirements, the benefits of holding DANB certification, and how to join this growing group of dental assistants.

Have you ever moved to a new state? Tell us your story in the comments!