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Occupational Report for Dental Assistants (31-9091) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.

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Employment Outlook for Dental Assistants
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2010 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Dental Assistants There are 46 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
EFDA Certified Dental Assistant - OR Coded Replacement 4/22/14 Salem
EFDA Certified Dental Assistant - OR (30 day Temporary) 4/22/14 Portland
Dental Assistant Externship 4/22/14 Gresham
Dental Assistant Externship - Tillamook 4/20/14 Tillamook
Dental Assistant (General Dentistry Practice) 4/20/14 Albany
Dental Assistant 4/18/14 Ontario DOE
Dental Assistant - Stark - Sign On Bonus 4/17/14 Portland
Dental Assistant 4/16/14 Salem DOE
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Assistant 4/15/14 Bend $15.00/hr
Dental Assistant Externship 4/13/14 Hillsboro
Dental Assistant 4/13/14 Portland
Dental Assistant - On Call 4/13/14 Medford
Dental Assistant, Portland Oregon, Certified Expanded Functions 4/11/14 Portland
Dental Assistant Externship 4/6/14 Hillsboro
VIP Dental Assistant Recruitment Event 4/6/14 Tigard
Dental Assistant - Sign On Bonus 4/4/14 Salem
Dental Assistant - Sign On Bonus 4/4/14 Springfield
Lead Dental Assistant 4/3/14 Florence $15.00/hr to $18.00/hr DOE
Dental Assistant - Eastport - Sign On Bonus 4/2/14 Portland
EFDA Certified Dental Assistant - OR - On-Call 3/30/14 Portland
EFDA Certified Dental Assistant - OR - On-Call 3/30/14 Gresham
EFDA - Certified Dental Assistant - OR - On-Call 3/30/14 Tigard
EFDA Certified Dental Assistant - OR - On-Call 3/28/14 Beaverton
Dental Assistant Externship 3/27/14 Portland
Dental Assistant - Sign On Bonus 3/27/14 Eugene
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Job Openings from the Web for Dental Assistants The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 73 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
EFDA Certified Dental Assistant - OR (30 day Temporary) 4/21/14 Portland Kaiser Permanente
EFDA Certified Dental Assistant - OR Coded Replacement 4/21/14 Kaiser Permanente
EFDA Certified Dental Assistant - OR (30 day Temporary) 4/20/14 Portland Kaiser Permanente
Dental Assistant 4/20/14 Springfield Willamette Dental
Dental Assistant (General Dentistry Practice) 4/17/14 Albany Aspen Dental
DENTAL ASSISTANT/HYGENIST 4/17/14 Rainier Rainier Park Dental
Dental Assistant 4/17/14 Umatilla Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC)
Dental Assistant Externship - Tillamook 4/17/14 Tillamook Willamette Dental Management Corporation
Dental Assistant - Region 2 4/15/14 Portland Willamette Dental Management Corporation
Dental Assistant (General Dentistry Practice) 4/15/14 Albany Aspen Dental
Dental Assistant 4/15/14 Portland Smile Brands Inc.
Dental Assistant 4/14/14 Grants Pass Smile Brands Inc.
EFDA Certified Dental Assistant-OR 4/12/14 Salem Kaiser Permanente
EFDA Dental Assistant 4/12/14 Gresham Vicki J Reichlein DMD PC
Dental Assistant Externship 4/11/14 Hillsboro Willamette Dental Management Corporation
Dental Assistant 4/11/14 Eugene Oregon Dental Care
Dental Asst 4/10/14 Roseburg
Dental Assistant Portland Oregon Certified Expanded Functions 4/9/14 Portland Moda Health
EFDA Certified Dental Assistant 4/6/14 Salem Kaiser Permanente
Dental Assistant Externship 4/4/14 Hillsboro Willamette Dental Management Corporation
VIP Dental Assistant Recruitment Event 4/4/14 Tigard Willamette Dental Management Corporation
Dental Assistant 4/3/14 Salem Willamette Dental Management Corporation
Dental Assistant 4/3/14 Springfield Willamette Dental Management Corporation
Dental Assistant 4/2/14 Rainier Rainier Dental
Dental Assistant Needed for DA Program Chair 3/31/14 Beaverton Anthem College - Portland
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State of Oregon License Information for Dental Assistants
License License Authority Web Site
Dental Assistant Certification Oregon Board of Dentistry
Wages for Dental Assistants
Region ---------------- 2013 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Note: This occupation has a large share of part-time workers.
Annual wages for occupations with a large share of part-time workers may overstate actual income.
Oregon Statewide $15.20 $16.61 $18.87 $22.33 $26.08 $19.55 $40,658
Multnomah / Washington 15.94 17.58 20.28 23.03 26.71 20.54 42,720
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 12.57 15.53 18.04 21.39 23.93 18.82 39,132
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 15.78 16.87 18.69 21.51 23.72 19.29 40,133
Lane 15.06 16.46 18.63 25.27 28.09 20.32 42,274
Douglas 15.37 15.97 16.97 17.98 18.59 16.83 35,010
Jackson / Josephine 13.59 15.91 17.79 20.14 22.87 18.00 37,448
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 12.41 13.02 14.05 15.05 17.38 14.31 29,764
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 15.40 16.31 17.85 19.89 22.16 18.09 37,614
Morrow / Umatilla 14.10 16.26 18.07 25.60 28.54 19.99 41,575
Baker / Union / Wallowa 17.54 20.46 23.40 26.49 28.50 23.04 47,925
Clackamas 16.06 17.41 20.05 23.75 27.24 20.68 43,016
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Regional Employment Projections for Dental Assistants
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2010 2020 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 4,452 5,345 893 20.1% 89 103 192
Multnomah / Washington 1,669 1,996 327 19.6% 33 38 71
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 549 708 159 29.0% 16 13 29
Clackamas 421 472 51 12.1% 5 9 14
Lane 397 477 80 20.2% 8 9 17
Jackson / Josephine 347 421 74 21.3% 7 8 16
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 253 310 57 22.5% 6 6 12
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 223 290 67 30.0% 7 5 12
Douglas 101 129 28 27.7% 3 2 5
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 100 110 10 10.0% 1 2 3
Coos / Curry 72 87 15 20.8% 2 2 3
Klamath / Lake 71 86 15 21.1% 2 2 4
Morrow / Umatilla 68 91 23 33.8% 2 2 4
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 59 72 13 22.0% 1 1 3
Grant / Harney / Malheur 50 60 10 20.0% 1 1 2
Baker / Union / Wallowa 45 54 9 20.0% 1 1 2

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Dental Assistants
Industry
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Ownership 2010
Employment
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 4,243
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 4,237
Offices of Physicians Private 63
Offices of Dentists Private 4,153
Federal Government (Non-Postal) Federal 36
Public Administration Local 53
Executive, Legislative, and Other General Government Support Local 53
Educational Requirements for Dental Assistants Workers typically need a high school diploma or equivalent to enter this occupation. Those with a postsecondary non-degree award have a competitive advantage in the labor market.
Skills for Dental Assistants
  • Apply Health And Sanitation Standards
  • Apply Patient Care Procedures
  • Assist Dentist
  • Collect Clinical Data
  • Enter Medical Insurance Billings
  • Follow Medical Office Procedures
  • Inventory Supplies, Equipment Or Merchandise
  • Maintain And Compile Dental Records
  • Obtain Information From Clients, Customers, Patients Or Others
  • Operate Fax Machines, Copiers, Printers, And Other Office Machines
  • Operate X-Ray Machines
  • Perform Secretarial Duties
  • Prepare Medical Treatment Room
  • Prepare Patients For Exams, Treatments, Or Tests
  • Process And Prepare Business Forms
  • Process Medical Records
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Provide Clerical Assistance To Physicians And Other Medical Practitioners
  • Provide Customer Service
  • Provide Customer Service Using Telephone
  • Retrieve Files And Charts
  • Schedule Appointments
  • Set Up Dental Equipment
  • Set Up Patient Care Equipment
  • Take Vital Signs
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Clinical Radiation Safety Procedures
  • Use Clinical Sterilizing Techniques
  • Use Computers To Enter, Access And Retrieve Data
  • Use Darkroom Procedures In Radiology, Medical Or Dental Laboratory Setting
  • Use Dental Terminology
Schools and Training Providers for Dental Assistants The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Practical Dental Assisting of Oregon, LLC
1885 SW King Blvd.
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: (541) 760-8259
Programs of Training:
Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405-0640
Phone: (541) 463-3000
Programs of Training:
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9291
Phone: (541) 956-7501
Programs of Training:
Tongue Point Job Corps Center
37573 Old Highway 30
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-2131
Programs of Training:
Concorde Career College-Portland
1425 NE Irvine St Bldg 300
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 281-4181
Programs of Training:
Accelerated Learning Systems LLC
2831 SW Cornelius Pass Rd #240
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: (503) 319-9835
Programs of Training:
Carrington College-Portland
2004 Lloyd Center, 3rd Floor
Portland, OR 97232-1309
Phone: (503) 761-6400
Programs of Training:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-0226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
Programs of Training:
Anthem College
4145 SW Watson Ave #300
Beaverton, OR 97005
Phone: (503) 646-6000
Programs of Training:
Abdill Career College, Inc.
843 E. Main Street, Suite 203
Medford, OR 97504
Phone: (541) 779-8384
Programs of Training:
Certified Dental Careers, LLC
3975 SW Mercantile Drive, Suite 167
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Phone: (503) 675-7333
Programs of Training:
Willamette Valley Dental Asisting School
3470 Liberty Rd. SE
Salem, OR 97302
Phone: (503) 551-7217
Programs of Training:
Southern Oregon Dental Asst. Educ.
2825 E Barnett Road
Medford, OR 97504
Phone: (541) 941-6485
Programs of Training:
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 383-7500
Programs of Training:
Blue Mountain Community College
2411 NW Carden Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: (541) 276-1260
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Dental Assistants These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Blue Mountain Community College
Central Oregon Community College
Clackamas Community College
Lane Community College
Portland Community College
Rogue Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Dental Assistants matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Medical Assistants 55%
Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers 35%
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 31%