Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

A Dental Assistant (sometimes referred to as Dental Nurse) prepares patients for dental examinations and assists Dental Practitioners with instruments, treatments and X-rays. The average salary of a Dental Assistant is $43,454 per annum.

To become a Dental Assistant, you'll usually have to complete a certain amount of training such as a VET qualification in dental assisting.

Salary range
Average salary $43,454
salary range
$37,462
$43,454
$49,447
Source: SEEK
Projected job growth
5% by 2020
5%
2015
2020
Source: joboutlook.gov.au
Employment by region
The top three regions for employment as a Dental Assistant are:
NSW
NSW 24.5%
VIC
VIC 24.6%
QLD
QLD 25.3%
Source: joboutlook.gov.au

Key skills required

The top skills for a Dental Assistant are:
  • Good with hands
  • Able to concentrate and follow instructions
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organisation and time management skills
  • Interested in healthcare work
Source: myfuture.edu.au
Career pathway planner
Starting out
Starting out

Become a qualified Dental Assistant with this accredited TAFE course. You'll learn how to work alongside Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists.

  • Certificate III in Dental Assisting (HLT35015)