Job prospects Dental Assistant in British Columbia

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Job opportunities in British Columbia

Prospects over the next 3 years

Good

The employment outlook will be good for Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants (NOC 33100) in British Columbia for the 2023-2025 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants in British Columbia:

  • Approximately 7,200 people work in this occupation.
  • Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 90%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 75% compared to 78% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 25% compared to 22% for all occupations
  • 33% of dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants work all year, while 67% work only part of the year, compared to 61% and 39% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 39 weeks compared to 42 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 17% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: less than 5% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: more than 95% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 8% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 9% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 33% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 42% compared to 17% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 8% compared to 22% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 7% compared to 12% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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