WHAT DO DENTAL OFFICE MANAGERS DO?
Dentists have a tough job. They need to focus on fitting braces, cleaning gums, and filing down the oversized canines of werewolves. Who is going to make sure the office is running efficiently? That's where the dental office manager comes in.
Dental office managers are responsible for making sure that a dentist's office and support staff is running smoothly. This could mean organizing, planning and overseeing a large pool of dental assistants keeping supplies in stock, making sure staff are doing their job, working with vendors, planning events, making sure the facilities are clean, orderly, and safe, handling scheduling of patients and workers.
HOW MUCH DO DENTAL OFFICE MANAGERS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), office managers made a median income of $37.45 an hour, or $77,890 a year in 2010.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
In most places, a high school diploma or GED is sufficient education. However, you will need real experience to get the job.
Dental office managers must show management skills, familiarity with a general office environment and strong understanding of how the dental business works. Previous experience with ordering supplies, customer service, facilities maintenance and management, purchasing and office machinery will be crucial to landing the job.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Communication Skills: Dental office managers will be collaborating with co-workers, management, direct reports, and customers. Listening and communicating effectively are key skills.
- Attention to Detail: From ordering the correct type of staples to complying with OSHA standards, making sure every detail is right is crucial to the job.
- Leadership Skills: Dental office managers are in charge of the support staff. Crucial to the role will be the ability to motivate, discipline and resolve conflicts on a regular basis.
- Analytical Skills: How can the company save money? Are we getting the most out of our printer? Do we need more werewolf files? Dental office managers need to find inefficiencies and cost-savings as part of the day-to-day job.