5 reasons you should choose a career as a Dental Assistant

Choosing a career pathway or changing roles can be daunting. Here are some reasons why Dental Assisting may be the right fit for you.

1. Dental Assistants (DAs) are in high demand

If you are concerned about finding work, look no further. DAs are in high demand across Queensland.

Oral health is not only essential for our overall health, but a beautiful smile is always highly desired.
No matter where you are located, plenty of dental practices are searching for enthusiastic new DAs to join their team. If you think you would be suited to a role as a DA, check out the Australian Dental Association Jobs Board for available positions near you. 

2. Quick start 

To become an entry level DA in Queensland you do not need any formal qualifications. Depending on the practice, you can usually start right away and learn on the job without prior experience.

If you are fresh out of high school and looking for a job or want hands-on work right away – being a DA is a great option.  

If you are wanting to get ahead or are looking to improve your employability, there are additional qualifications you can gain. Once you’re employed as a DA, you can complete a Certificate III in Dental Assisting with ADAQ Training. This qualification can be completed in 10 months with online courses and hands-on training available.

You can start your study at any time with ADAQ Training and payment plans are available. As soon as you are ready to begin your career you can enrol. 

3. Flexible work  

Many dental practices offer flexible work arrangements for DAs. Part time and casual work options make this a great role if you are studying, a parent or have other commitments. 

Dental practices are often open late and on weekends, so it’s worth asking around to find a place that suits your schedule. 

4. Career progression and job security  

Dental Assisting is a great springboard for other pathways. With enough experience and additional qualifications DAs can go on to work as practice managers, research assistants, educators, and dental sales representatives. 

There are a variety of dental assisting roles available in dental clinics, community centres, hospitals, and with the Australian Defence Force. 

With so many options and the high demand for well trained DAs, this is a career with great longevity. 

DAs can also gain additional qualifications, such as a Cert IV in Radiography, which can potentially lead to higher pay and more job opportunities.   

5. Fulfilling and respected work  

Dental assisting is an incredibly rewarding role that allows you to help others. Day to day you get to improve people’s confidence, health, and wellbeing.  

A good DA not only supports the dentist, but makes sure patients feel comfortable and listened to. 

You can also choose to work specifically with children or those with special needs. 

As essential members of the dental team, DAs are valued and respected. The dental practice is a professional, lively, and team orientated environment. Dental assisting is a great role for those who want their work to have meaning and purpose. 

Applying to be a dental assistant?

Gain the competitive edge with dental assistant courses  from ADAQ Training. If you are working as a Dental Assistant, visit ADAQ Training to find out how we can help you gain the skills and qualifications to advance your career.

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