Dental Nurses

Dental nurses prepare patients for, and assist with, dental examinations, prepare and sterilise instruments and maintain case records.


New workers

New workers start around £9,730. Normal pay is £18,350 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £29,598.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 69,074 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Maintains records, processes and mounts x-ray films and undertakes reception duties.

  • Removes water and saliva from patient’s mouth during treatment.

  • Assists with minor treatment, such as preparing materials for fillings.

  • Hands required equipment and medication to dentist during examination.

  • Prepares and sterilises instruments and follows guidelines to maintain sterile conditions within the surgery.

  • Prepares patient for examination.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Dentistry

  • Surgery

  • Dental Hygiene

  • Nursing

  • Sales Prospecting

  • Infection Control

  • Dental Care

  • Radiography

  • Hepatitis B

  • Orthodontics

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • English Language

  • Customer Service

  • Detail Oriented

  • Teamwork

  • Mathematics

  • Organizational Skills

  • Management

  • Enthusiasm

  • Patience

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.