Career Details

Dental Hygienist

Career Overview

A dental hygienist cleans teeth and examines them for signs of problems. In addition a hygienist provides advice to patients about how to maintain good oral health.


Completing a two-three year college program in dental hygiene is required to obtain these positions. Some organizations may require a four-year bachelor's degree, but the two-three year degree is enough to do this work in most dental offices.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$46,000 /yr
$71,000 /yr
$95,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. There will likely be strong competition for full-time positions.

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Work Environment

Dental hygienists work in dental offices. Many people who do this work only work part-time.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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