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The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

AllHealthcare, CareerVoyages.gov, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

1. Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists clean teeth and examine oral x-rays. They also education patients on oral hygiene and perform routine dental tasks such as applying fluoride or sealants. Dental hygienists get to work closely alongside dentists, utilizing many dental instruments and technology.

A high school diploma and college entrance test scores are usually needed to enter a dental hygienist degree program. While in school, you will take classes in anatomy, physiology and radiography, to name a few. Nearly all states require dental hygienists to graduate from an accredited dental hygiene school and pass both a written and clinical exam. A typical dental hygienist program takes two years to complete. Dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations. Job prospects will remain excellent as employment is expected to grow 30% through 2016.

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Projected Need: 82,000

Projected Growth: 27%

Median Hourly Wage: $30/hr


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