Dental Hygienists

General Information

Description

Administer oral hygiene care to patients. Assess patient oral hygiene problems or needs and maintain health records. Advise patients on oral health maintenance and disease prevention. May provide advanced care such as providing fluoride treatment or administering topical anesthesia.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit88.06%
  2. Self-employed5.81%
  3. Private, not for profit2.63%
  4. State and local government1.89%
  5. Federal government1.35%

Job Outlook

Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 15,600 openings for dental hygienists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$77,090

Military salary*

$82,000

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State-by-state Salary

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$118,780
$50,260
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 75%
  • First professional degree 12%
  • Post baccalaureate 9%
  • Bachelor's degree 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Chemistry
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