Which Dental Career Is Right For You?

The dental profession has something for everyone: Service to others, variety and responsibility, flexibility, and tremendous growth opportunity. The information sheets below explain more about various professions within dentistry and the great career benefits of each. Share this page with friends and family

Dental Hygienist


Dental hygiene is projected to be one of the 30 fastest growing occupations. Hygienists are at the forefront of helping the public maintain good oral health, and the field offers flexible work schedules and a fulfilling role in healthcare. Click the image on the left to learn more.

Dental Assistant


Dental assistants help the dentist with a variety of treatment procedures and prepare patients for procedures. They often take and process x-rays, sterilize instruments, and perform a variety of office management tasks. Click the image on the left to learn more.

Laboratory Technology


Work with your hands utilizing exciting new technologies with a career in dental technology. Dental technology is in high demand and provides the satisfaction of helping patients improve their health and appearance with new teeth. Click the image on the left to learn more.

Compare Hygienist and Assistant Jobs


Need help deciding between a career as a hygienist or an assistant? Our helpful fact sheet compares the duties and responsibilities of each job in the dental office. Click the image on the left to download the fact sheet.

Be a Dentist


Being a dentist is a great way to help people maintain their oral and overall health, and job prospects are good for the coming decades. Options include general dentistry and specialties such as orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry and more. Learn more about dental school admission standards and requirements from the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

Resources for You


Working in a dental office is interesting, fulfilling and crucial to helping others maintain good health. Our Resources page provides a list of dental career resources and links for finding out more. Click the image on the left to download the Resources page.



Great news for those considering dental careers: Indiana’s Next Level Jobs program provides FREE training for certain in-demand jobs, including dental assisting, dental assisting with radiation, and dental assisting with office management. Visit the Next Level Jobs website to learn more and to apply for free training today.


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