Thanks so much for the comments.
I decided to just focus on continuing education.
I've spent a few months researching a lot of the "tech" programs for a lot of different things, dental assistant, dental hygiene, xray tech, phlebotomist, medical assistant, medical office assistant, etc.
Job market isn't good for any of them, unless looking into nursing programs which deal with way too much patient contact than I'd personally like.
On DA though, I read a lot, apparently if you can do the office assistant/dental assistant certification combos - the more you can do for the practice, much better chances for landing good jobs, but since I don't plan on making a long-term career out of that I don't see a point in pursuing and investing the time and money.
The days of "technical programs," seem to be on the way out as far as being good jobs. I think too many people have lost jobs in the last decade and got into these programs and it's saturated.
I have read that chains are the worst. As a lot of others have stated, if basically no exp but have a sucky job, get whatever experience you can from there, and kill'em with sugar, so you can get a good recommendation when you feel you have enough exp to move on to better jobs.
Anytime I go in to my dentist, I never look at him, the DA's, or the DH's in the same light. It's like now I know why we always have new DH's in there or the difficulties the DA's deal with - the average client just has NO IDEA.
DH and DA need to be more unionized, the DH assoc. had told me such a small percent of working DHs are actually registered with them, I bet it's the same for DAs.
There also seems to be soo much unreported abuse. One lady was on here talking about a dentist, punching cabinets, what the hell? Report his a** to the police (esp. if she felt threatened) and the ADA, or whatever licensing boards, labor boards, etc.
Thanks again for responding!