No progression despite advanced training and continuing education

Critical scrutiny of career development perspectives for Dental Assistants

Coverbild: BWP 6/2014
Ausgabe/Jahr (Jahrgang) 6/2014 (43)
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The training occupation of Dental Assistant (Zahnmedizinische/-r Fachangestellte/-r, ZFA) offers few opportunities for progression. Two widespread progression routes are found in the fields of prophylaxis and administration. Nevertheless, these do not bring any notable rise in income or broadening of the range of duties because of the strong regulatory impact of the Dentistry Act in particular and the politics of occupational demarcation. The new Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Prevention Management clearly signals the start of a trend towards academic qualifications in this occupational field. Against this backdrop, the article traces and critically scrutinises development opportunities for Dental Assistants.