Our In-Demand Career Spotlight Series focuses on careers in the medical and dental industries where demand for skilled workers outpaces supply. At ACI Medical & Dental School, you can be certified for these in-demand careers in just four to six months, with the hands-on training, skills and credentials you’ll need for your new career.
In this blog post, we will be discussing the Orthodontic Assistant position.
What Does An Orthodontic Assistant Do?
Orthodontic Assistants work in the dental office and assist Orthodontists and overall help the office operate smoothly. One of the most important roles of an Orthodontic Assistant is to track, update, and maintain all current and past patient records. In addition, Orthodontic Assistants perform the following duties and responsibilities:
- Taking dental impressions and x-rays
- Performing preliminary examinations
- Collects diagnostic data
- Sterilization of instruments
- Performing lab work
- Keeping records
- Prepare appointment rooms
- Educating patients on proper oral hygiene and braces aftercare
Where Do Orthodontic Assistants Work?
Orthodontic Assistants can work in a number of settings, which include private dental offices or group practices.
The Job Outlook for Orthodontic Assistants
The orthodontic field is growing at a very fast rate, reaching more than double the rate of all occupations in the dental industry. Because of this, there are plenty of job openings as well as long term security. Employment for all Dental Assistants, including Orthodontic Assistants, is predicted to grow by 7% from 2019-2029.
What Is The Average Salary For Orthodontic Assistants?
According to Zip Recruiter, the average salary for an Orthodontic Assistant in New Jersey is $34,539, and the average hourly rate is $16.61 an hour in New Jersey.
Interested in Orthodontic Assistant Training in New Jersey?
By completing our Dental Assistant Program, students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to take on the responsibilities of an Orthodontic Assistant in just a few months.