These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Dental Assistants

We used our database of over 7 million resumes to determine which careers former dental assistants are entering now.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFormer Jobs, Rankings - 4 months ago

It’s tough to be a dental assistant nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a dental assistant isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become dental assistants in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many dental assistants no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former dental assistants to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former dental assistants:

  1. Dental Hygienist
  2. Office Manager
  3. Customer Service Representative
  4. Sales Associate
  5. Administrative Assistant
  6. Dental Assistant/Receptionist
  7. Cashier
  8. Oral Surgery Assistant
  9. Registered Nurse
  10. Surgical Assistant

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a dental assistant would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former dental assistants to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former dental assistants:

  1. Office Manager
  2. Customer Service Representative
  3. Sales Associate
  4. Cashier
  5. Registered Nurse
  6. Receptionist
  7. Server
  8. Internship
  9. Pharmacist Technician
  10. Volunteer

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Dental Assistants

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed dental assistant under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a dental assistant, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former dental assistants.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Dental Assistants

Job Title Rank %
Dental Hygienist 1 5.32%
Office Manager 2 2.67%
Customer Service Representative 3 2.43%
Sales Associate 4 2.14%
Administrative Assistant 5 2.12%
Dental Assistant/Receptionist 6 1.25%
Cashier 7 1.23%
Oral Surgery Assistant 8 1.16%
Registered Nurse 9 1.1%
Surgical Assistant 10 1.05%
Receptionist 11 1.02%
Registered Dental Assistant 12 0.97%
Server 13 0.95%
Office Assistant 14 0.91%
Medical Assistant 15 0.89%
Dentist 16 0.86%
Internship 17 0.84%
Lead Dental Assistant 18 0.82%
Assistant Manager 19 0.81%
Certified Nursing Assistant 20 0.67%
Orthodontic Assistant 21 0.64%
Pharmacist Technician 22 0.63%
Volunteer 23 0.61%
Manager 24 0.6%
Teacher 25 0.55%
Dental Assisting Instructor 26 0.55%
Assistant 27 0.48%
Substitute Teacher 28 0.48%
Office Administrator 29 0.48%
Home Health Aid 30 0.47%
Front Desk Receptionist 31 0.46%
Research Assistant 32 0.46%
Front Desk Coordinator 33 0.44%
Secretary 34 0.41%
General Dentist 35 0.41%
Certified Dental Assistant 36 0.38%
Billing Specialist 37 0.34%
Customer Service Trainer 38 0.34%
Licensed Practical Nurse 39 0.34%
Treatment Coordinator 40 0.33%
Teller 41 0.31%
Waitress 42 0.3%
Technician 43 0.3%
Preschool Teacher 44 0.3%
Assistant Office Manager 45 0.29%
Associate 46 0.29%
Patient Coordinator 47 0.29%
Supervisor 48 0.29%
Teacher Assistant 49 0.29%
Associate Dentist 50 0.29%
Scheduling Coordinator 51 0.29%
Expanded Function Dental Assistant 52 0.26%
Coordinator 53 0.26%
Dental Receptionist 54 0.26%
Surgical Dental Assistant 55 0.26%
Sales Representative 56 0.26%
Warehouse Associate 57 0.26%
Security Officer 58 0.26%
Customer Service Associate 59 0.25%
Team Leader 60 0.25%
Surgical Technician 61 0.25%
Store Manager 62 0.24%
Unit Secretary 63 0.24%
Owner 64 0.22%
Patient Care Coordinator 65 0.22%
Medical Receptionist 66 0.22%
Insurance Coordinator 67 0.22%
Front Office Assistant 68 0.21%
Clerk 69 0.21%
Teaching Assistant 70 0.21%
Owner/Operator 71 0.21%
Representative 72 0.21%
Front Office Manager 73 0.2%
Bartender 74 0.2%
Nanny 75 0.2%
Radiologic Technician 76 0.18%
Finance Coordinator 77 0.18%
Patient Service Representative 78 0.18%
Service Representative 79 0.17%
Specialist 80 0.17%
Personal Assistant 81 0.17%
Claim Processor 82 0.16%
Medical Records Clerk 83 0.16%
Barista 84 0.16%
Laboratory Assistant 85 0.16%
Data Entry Clerk 86 0.16%
Front Office Coordinator 87 0.16%
Bartender Server 88 0.16%
Human Resources Coordinator 89 0.16%
Practice Manager 90 0.16%
Phlebotomist 91 0.16%
Account Manager 92 0.16%
Executive Assistant 93 0.16%
In-Home Childcare Provider 94 0.14%
Laboratory Technician 95 0.14%
Business Owner 96 0.14%
Shift Supervisor 97 0.14%
Case Manager 98 0.14%
Dental Assistant Extern 99 0.14%
Dental Office Manager 100 0.14%

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