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Dental Assistant

License required in 9 states

71st most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations

81st most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations

What They Do

Dental assistants assist dentists, set up equipment, prepare patients for treatment and keep records.

Licensing

Nine states license dental assistants. On average, these laws cost aspiring workers $138 in fees and 92 days in education and experience and require them to pass about one exam—the 71st most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. Because dental assistants are not very widely licensed, the occupation ranks as the 81st most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary across states. Minnesota’s license is the most burdensome, requiring $681 in fees, about 425 days lost to education and three exams. California’s, by contrast, requires only about two days (10 hours) of education and no fees or exams.

License to Work

The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2017.

States Ranked by Average Licensing Burden for 102 Lower-Income Occupations

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Based on data released in November 2017

State Licensing Requirements

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Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Minnesota 9 $681 425 303.33 Days 3 0 0
2 D C 9 $190 211 1 days and 900 clock hours 0 12 18
3 Iowa 9 $86 185 20 clock hours 6 months 3 12 17
4 Tennessee 9 $78 0 0 12 18
5 Massachusetts 9 $60 1 4 clock hours 0 0 18
6 Washington 9 $40 1 7 clock hours 0 0 0
7 Vermont 9 $60 0 0 0 0
8 Oklahoma 9 $50 0 0 0 0
9 California 9 $0 2 10 clock hours 0 0 0