UMA Programs / Clearwater Campus

Career Outlook

The Dental Assistant field is projected to grow 19% through 2026, adding about 64,600 new jobs. This growth is much faster than the rate for all occupations.1

The reasons for this job growth are1:

  • Ongoing research linking oral health and general health
  • Growth in dental practices requiring more dental assistants
  • New generations keeping more of their original teeth, which creates a need to maintain and treat teeth
Dentists will continue to hire dental assistants to complete routine tasks, allowing the dentist to work more efficiently.The Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20171