According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we expect to see continued faster than average growth for opportunities for dental assistants. They show that the field expects to see a 19% growth in positions available between 2016 and 2026.
The ongoing research linking oral health and general health has continue to increase demand for preventitive dental services. More preventive dental services, means that more or the large baby-boom population has kept more of their original teeth than previous generations. This is putting an increased demand on dental services and this demand should continue with future generations.
Dentists hire dental asisstants to complete routine tasks, allowing the dentist to see more patients as a result. As the demand for dental services increases, so does the need for dental assistants to keep the office running smoothly and effectively. We've also seen an increase in the number of procedures that dental assistance are a part of and can assist with.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental Assistants,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm (visited April 06, 2018).