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How to Get a Job in a Dental Office

dental officeThe average American will have four job changes by the time they’re 32. These days, it’s perfectly normal to swap jobs and follow your passions. If you’re ready for a change, working in a dental office may be a great opportunity for you.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about finding that perfect position.

Getting a Job in a Dental Office

There are three main options if you want to work in a dental office. You can either work as a receptionist, a dentist, or a dental assistant.

Dental Receptionist

Receptionists generally only need a high school diploma in order to be hired. They also have an excellent job outlook, with 10% growth in employment between 2014 and 2023.

Remember, many people fear the dentist, so one of your main jobs will be to ease the fears of both adult and children. When you interview for a position, talk about your previous positions, and dress professionally. You may also want to refer to examples of times you have gone above and beyond to service clients and customers in the past.


Becoming a dentist can take a long time, but it’s well worth it when you’re helping your patients achieve great oral health and hygiene.

Here are the steps you’ll need to follow if you want to become a dentist:

Get Your Bachelor’s Degree

Before you can go to dental school, you’ll need to get your bachelors. You usually don’t need to take any specific pre-dental majors, but you’ll usually benefit from chemistry, physics, and biology classes.

Take the Dental Admission Test

Before you can apply to dental school, you’ll need to take the Dental Admission Test. This assesses your scientific knowledge and academic capacity. Some dental schools will require a minimum score on the DAT.

Get Your Dental Degree

Dental school usually lasts for around four years, and you’ll receive a degree as a Doctor of Dental Medicine or Doctor of Dental Surgery. You may even decide to go into orthodontics and work for Orthodontic Associates.

The first two years will involve laboratory and classroom studies, and the last two will involve clinical practice, with students diagnosing and treating patients while under supervision.

Get Your License

In order to practice, you’ll need to get your state license. This involves passing the National Board Dental Exams. You’ll also need to pass a practical exam which will be administered by the licensing board in your state.


Now it’s time to set up as many interviews as you can. Consider your long-term goals and where you’d like to live and remain open to opportunities you may not have thought about.

Dental Assistant

Good news: It’s much easier to become a dental assistant than a dentist. Here’s how:

Get Accredited

You can get your education through:

  • Dental schools
  • Colleges
  • Technical institutes
  • Vocational schools
  • Community colleges

You’ll receive a certificate from the above institutions, and it will usually take less than a year to complete.

Get Certified

Next, you’ll need to pass an exam. If you take the Dental Assisting National Board’s Certified Dental Assistant exam you’ll be nationally certified and can work anywhere.


Finally, it’s time to interview. Apply for as many jobs as you can, so you’ll have plenty of options and will find a job quickly. You may also want to brush up on your interview skills for a greater chance of success.

Ready to Get Started?

As you can see, there are many different ways you can get a job in a dental office. You simply need to choose which path will work for your goals.

Which path would you like to take? Let us know in the comments below.