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15 Hottest Health Care Fields of 2010


#6 Dental Hygienists

Oral health has never been more important. New research has 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, dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations and the dental industry is thriving.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 62,900

    Projected Growth: 36+%

    Median Wage: $66,570

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. About half of all dental hygienists work 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.

More Resources:

Career Profile: Dental Hygienist, Sherri Gollins
Career Guide: Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygienist: Tammi Byrd, RDH
Quiz: Would You Be a Great Dental Hygienist?

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