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15 Hottest Healthcare Fields of 2009

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Dental Hygienists

Oral health has never been more important. This year, new research confirmed the link between oral hygiene and cardiovascular health, and a number of new products came out, touting their ability to provide life-long healthy teeth. Because of this, the dental industry is thriving.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 82,000

    Projected Growth: 27+%

    Median Wage: $31/hr

Many new, young doctors are hiring dental hygienists like never before. And, as older dentists retire, the demand for dental hygienists will grow. Because many hygienists work for private practices, they have the ability to hold flexible schedules or work part-time. Dentists frequently hire hygienists to work only 2 or 3 days a week, so hygienists may hold jobs in more than one dental office. More than half of all dental hygienists worked part time—less than 35 hours a week.

Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow much faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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