Job prospects Dental Assistant in British Columbia

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "dental assistant" was moved from the group Dental assistants (NOC 3411) to the group Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants (NOC 33100).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "dental assistant" in British Columbia or Canada.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be moderate for Dental assistants (NOC 3411) in British Columbia for the 2022-2024 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 moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

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

  • Approximately 5,400 people work in this occupation.
  • Dental assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): more than 95%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 72% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 28% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 47% of dental assistants work all year, while 53% work only part of the year, compared to 56% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 36 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • less than 5% of dental assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 14% 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 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 5% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 6% compared to 9% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 78% compared to 23% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: less than 5% compared to 19% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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