Dental assistants

Dental assistants

NOC
3411

Help dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists during the examination and treatment of patients. They may also perform clerical functions.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

38
 

Median Hourly Wage

$20.00
$16.25
Low
$24.50
High

Median Salary

$33,046
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

492
 

% Working Full Time

91%
 

% Working Full Year

55%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Dental assistants assist dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists during the examination and treatment of patients and perform clerical functions. Dental assistants work in dentists' offices, community health centres, clinics and in educational institutions.

Main Duties

Dental assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare patients for dental examination and assist the dentist during examinations and dental treatments
  • Sterilize and maintain instruments and equipment
  • Prepare dental instruments and filling materials
  • Take and develop X-rays
  • Polish teeth and clinical crowns and apply fluoride and sealant
  • Take preliminary impressions for diagnostic casts
  • Fabricate and place temporary crowns and restorations
  • Educate patients concerning oral hygiene
  • Invoice patients for dental services
  • Schedule patient appointments and record dental procedures performed
  • Order dental and office supplies
  • May perform intra-oral duties such as remove sutures, take and record vital signs, apply desensitizing agents, topical anaesthetic, anticariogenic agents, coronal whitening and apply and remove rubber dams.

Also Known As

  • certified dental assistant
  • certified intra-oral dental assistant
  • dental assistant
  • registered dental assistant
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of an eight-month to one-year college or other program in dental assistance or Completion of secondary school with on-the-job training is required.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces except Quebec and Ontario.
  • Certification by the National Dental Assisting Examination Board is required to perform intra-oral duties in all provinces except in Quebec, where intra-oral duties are not performed by dental assistants.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

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100.0%
Female
0.0%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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19.2%
15-24
30.8%
25-34
24.0%
35-44
17.3%
45-54
6.7%
55-64
1.9%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
2.9%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
3.9%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
89.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
3.9%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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96.2%
Health care and social assistance
1.9%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services
1.9%
Public administration
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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17.60%
Northeast
23.50%
Southeast
26.50%
Southwest
27.50%
Central
4.90%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$31,499
Northeast
$34,587
Southeast
$33,221
Southwest
$33,774
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
No Data Available

Southwest

$20.00
$16.00
Low
$24.00
High

Central

$21.00
$16.25
Low
$26.00
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$33,046

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$35,152

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$33,046

Newfoundland

$31,529

Prince Edward Island

$31,892

Nova Scotia

$32,835

Canada

$34,420
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

38
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

16
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

22
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

102
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

23
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

81