Career Comparisons

Career Comparisons, it’s your future!

Are you in interested in a career in Dental or Medical Assisting and unsure how to best compare the differences between of each profession? You’re in luck, we’ve created a career comparisons outline to help you make an informed decision.

A few questions to ask are,

  • What are the job duties?
  • What are the average differences in salary?
  • Is there career advancement?

Job Duties:

Dental and Medical Assistants have different job duties. As a Medical Assistant general duties include recording patients’ blood pressure and other vital signs, preparing blood samples and assisting with examinations.

As a Dental Assistant, general duties include prepping patients, assisting in dental procedures, processing x-rays, taking impressions of teeth and sterilizing instruments.

Administrative duties include filing medical records or insurance paperwork, recording patient information and ensuring day to day operation are smooth and efficient.

  Dental Assisting Medical Assisting
Certification Required by some states Required in some states and preferred by employers
Key Skills Dexterity, interpersonal Analytical, technical
Required Education Postsecondary non-degree award or high school diploma Postsecondary non-degree award or high school diploma
On-the-Job Training Common for those without applicable education Common for those without applicable education
Ongoing Career Paths Dental hygienist, surgical technologist Pharmacy technician, nursing assistant


Pay Scales:

career comparisonsIt’s important to create a long-term plan. Thinking about the next 5 or 10 years is just as important as the first steps into a new career. Ask yourself where you want to be at age 60.

Considering that almost one in three dental assistants worked part-time in 2014, they make pretty good salaries. The BLS reports the average pay for dental assistants was $36,920 in 2015.

Dental hygienists who also work part-time earned an average salary of $72,720.


career comparisonsDental Assisting ranks in the best health care support jobs according to

Home Health Aides earned less than a Dental Assistants who earned an average salary of $22,870. In comparison, Pharmacy Technicians earned an average of $31,680 and Medical Assistants earned an average salary of $31,910.

Career Advancement:

Becoming a Dental or Medical Assistant is an excellent launch pad to advance your career goals. The experience gained while working with patients is certainly valuable and beneficial for both fields.

In conclusion, an average American works well into their 60’s. Be sure to have a job that’s enjoyable and a career that’s fulfilling.

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