Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Most dental assistants are employed in private practice dental offices. Some are employed by community health agencies, hospital clinics, dental insurance companies, dental and denture labs and dental supply companies.
Advancement opportunities for dental assistants are limited. With additional training, they may transfer into other dental occupations or become dental assistant educators.
In Alberta, 98% of people employed as dental assistants work in the Health Care and Social Assistance (PDF) industry.
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 4,800 Albertans are employed in the Dental assistants occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.9% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 187 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.