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Dental Assistants

ANZSCO ID 4232

Overview

All Dental Assistants

  • $1,116 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 31,900 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 46% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 31 years Average age
  • 98% female Gender Share

Dental Assistants prepare patients for dental examination and assist Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Therapists in providing care and treatment.

Also known as: Dental Chairside Assistant, or Dental Nurse.

You can work as a Dental Assistant without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in dental assisting may be useful.

Tasks
  • receiving and preparing patients
  • arranging and handing instruments, medication, and other dental requisites to Dental Practitioners
  • preparing dental materials and processing X-rays
  • using suction devices and water sprays
  • performing routine maintenance on equipment
  • sterilising and preventing cross infection of equipment
  • may advise patients on dental health education and post-operative care and procedures
  • may act as receptionist for Dental Practitioners
  • may perform billing and other clerical tasks

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Dental Assistant without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in dental assisting may be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Dental Assistants who are hardworking and communicate well with others.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    66% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Medicine and dentistry

    61% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  3. English language

    59% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Education and training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Psychology

    47% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  6. Computers and electronics

    39% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Chemistry

    37% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. Sales and marketing

    37% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  9. Production and processing

    36% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  10. Clerical

    36% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  11. Administration and management

    33% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Public safety and security

    32% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  13. Mechanical

    32% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  14. Law and government

    31% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Therapy and counselling

    30% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  16. Mathematics

    30% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  17. Communications and media

    29% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  18. Personnel and human resources

    24% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  19. Biology

    23% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  20. Sociology and anthropology

    22% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    46% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Reading comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  6. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  7. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  11. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Persuasion

    41% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  13. Coordination with others

    39% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  15. Negotiation

    39% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  16. Learning strategies

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Operation monitoring

    39% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Time management

    37% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  19. Quality control analysis

    32% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    30% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    54% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    48% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  6. Written comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Written expression

    45% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  12. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  13. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Control precision

    43% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  15. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  16. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  17. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Brainstorming

    39% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  19. Multilimb coordination

    39% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  20. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Monitoring people, processes and things

    74% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  2. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Checking compliance with standards

    70% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  4. Looking for changes over time

    70% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Helping and caring for others

    68% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  6. Handling and moving objects

    67% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Researching and investigating

    62% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    57% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  11. Communicating within a team

    56% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Documenting or recording information

    56% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  13. Working with the public

    56% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    56% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  15. Collecting and organising information

    54% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  16. Working with computers

    54% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  17. Checking for errors or defects

    53% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  18. Explaining things to people

    49% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    47% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Making sense of information and ideas

    46% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-9091.00 - Dental Assistants.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Physically close to people

    99% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  3. Contact with people

    98% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  4. Disease or infection

    97% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  5. Teamwork

    95% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    94% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  8. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    90% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  9. Radiation

    88% Important

    Be exposed to radiation.

  10. Being exact or accurate

    87% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  11. Making repetitive motions

    85% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  12. Contact with the public

    85% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Exposure to contaminants

    82% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  14. Frequent decision making

    81% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Health and safety of others

    80% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    79% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Telephone

    78% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  18. Bending or twisting your body

    77% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  19. Unstructured work

    76% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  20. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    86% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Support

    81% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Working conditions

    60% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Administrative

    86% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Helping

    67% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Analytical

    48% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Enterprising

    38% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-9091.00 - Dental Assistants.

All Dental Assistants

  • $1,116 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 31,900 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 46% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 31 years Average age
  • 98% female Gender Share

Dental Assistants prepare patients for dental examination and assist Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Therapists in providing care and treatment.

Also known as: Dental Chairside Assistant, or Dental Nurse.

You can work as a Dental Assistant without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in dental assisting may be useful.

Tasks
  • receiving and preparing patients
  • arranging and handing instruments, medication, and other dental requisites to Dental Practitioners
  • preparing dental materials and processing X-rays
  • using suction devices and water sprays
  • performing routine maintenance on equipment
  • sterilising and preventing cross infection of equipment
  • may advise patients on dental health education and post-operative care and procedures
  • may act as receptionist for Dental Practitioners
  • may perform billing and other clerical tasks

You can work as a Dental Assistant without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in dental assisting may be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry VET training pathways.

Employers look for Dental Assistants who are hardworking and communicate well with others.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    66% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Medicine and dentistry

    61% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  3. English language

    59% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Education and training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Psychology

    47% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  6. Computers and electronics

    39% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Chemistry

    37% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. Sales and marketing

    37% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  9. Production and processing

    36% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  10. Clerical

    36% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  11. Administration and management

    33% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Public safety and security

    32% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  13. Mechanical

    32% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  14. Law and government

    31% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Therapy and counselling

    30% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  16. Mathematics

    30% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  17. Communications and media

    29% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  18. Personnel and human resources

    24% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  19. Biology

    23% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  20. Sociology and anthropology

    22% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    46% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Reading comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  6. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  7. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  11. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Persuasion

    41% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  13. Coordination with others

    39% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  15. Negotiation

    39% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  16. Learning strategies

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Operation monitoring

    39% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Time management

    37% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  19. Quality control analysis

    32% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    30% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    54% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    48% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  6. Written comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Written expression

    45% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  12. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  13. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Control precision

    43% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  15. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  16. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  17. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Brainstorming

    39% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  19. Multilimb coordination

    39% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  20. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Monitoring people, processes and things

    74% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  2. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Checking compliance with standards

    70% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  4. Looking for changes over time

    70% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Helping and caring for others

    68% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  6. Handling and moving objects

    67% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Researching and investigating

    62% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    57% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  11. Communicating within a team

    56% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Documenting or recording information

    56% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  13. Working with the public

    56% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    56% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  15. Collecting and organising information

    54% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  16. Working with computers

    54% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  17. Checking for errors or defects

    53% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  18. Explaining things to people

    49% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    47% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Making sense of information and ideas

    46% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-9091.00 - Dental Assistants.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Physically close to people

    99% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  3. Contact with people

    98% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  4. Disease or infection

    97% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  5. Teamwork

    95% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    94% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  8. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    90% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  9. Radiation

    88% Important

    Be exposed to radiation.

  10. Being exact or accurate

    87% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  11. Making repetitive motions

    85% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  12. Contact with the public

    85% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Exposure to contaminants

    82% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  14. Frequent decision making

    81% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Health and safety of others

    80% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    79% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Telephone

    78% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  18. Bending or twisting your body

    77% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  19. Unstructured work

    76% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  20. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    86% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Support

    81% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Working conditions

    60% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Administrative

    86% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Helping

    67% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Analytical

    48% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Enterprising

    38% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-9091.00 - Dental Assistants.
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