Dental Assistants in High Demand in Cook County

Posted Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 by Allen B. Ury

Dental AssistantThe need for dental assistants continues unabated in Cook County. The State of Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) projects that between 2008 and 2018 (the latest period for which information is available), the number of dental assistant jobs in Local Workforce Area 9 (Cook County) will increase 34.3 percent.* This compares favorably to the 36 percent increase projected nationwide by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the same 10-year period.** The dental assisting field is given a “bright outlook” nationally by O*NET ONLINE, the Web-based occupational resource sponsored by the BLS, meaning job opportunities are expected to increase “much faster than average” (20 percent or better) over the next decade.

What Do Dental Assistants Do?

Dental assistants perform a variety of support functions in the offices of dentists, orthodontists and other dental professionals. They often prepare and lay out instruments, and prepare patients for treatment. They may also assist dentists during treatment by using suction devices to keep patients’ mouths dry and handing dentists instruments as needed. Dental assistants often also handle administrative duties, such as taking and updating patient histories, setting appointments and handling insurance/billing activities. After some years of experience, many dental assistants choose to take further training to become dental hygienists.

Dental Assistant Career Training Available at Everest in Skokie, Illinois

If dental assisting is a career field that interests you, and you live in northern Cook County, you can get the education and training you need at the Everest College campus in Skokie. This eight-month career training program provides students with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience they need to qualify to work in dental facilities throughout Illinois.
The program is taught by experienced teachers who’ve actually worked as professional dental assistants, so they know the ins and outs of the business. Training includes extensive lab work in a simulated dental office where students can handle and master all the common “tools of the trade,” including a wide variety of dental instruments and lab equipment.

Upon graduation, Everest students have the support of the school’s Career Services department, which offers invaluable job search assistance as well as personalized help with resume writing, interview preparation and professional wardrobe selection.

About the Skokie Campus

Everest’s Skokie campus is at 9811 Woods Drive just off Old Orchard Road between Edens Expressway (I-94) and the Harms Woods forest preserve. In addition to its Dental Assistant program, the Skokie campus offers career training programs in other health care field, including Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, and Pharmacy Technician.

For more information on the Dental Assistant or other career training programs, contact Everest today!

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at

*Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security Local Workforce Areas Employment Projections 2008-2018, LWA 9,, accessed 6/14/11.

** Source: O*NET Online, Occupation Profile-Dental Assistants,, accessed 6/14/11.

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