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Jeni Darden in Austin, Texas

51 months ago

Hey guys, I've been following a lot of threads on here and I wanted to let everyone know that there IS a decent state where you can find hygiene jobs with benefits...Texas!
I live in Austin and have never had trouble finding a position. Granted, back in 2008 there were much more to choose from, but even today you can find a position pretty easily. When I lost my job last year I found a new one within three weeks. We don't have an insane amount of hygiene schools down here, and the state is huge so there's not an overabundance of hygienists to choose from. And both my previous employer and my present one do 401(k) w/company match up to 3%. My present employer also gives medical insurance for full-time workers and gives you a company iPhone that is paid for. The only hitch is finding people that want to do full-time work...believe it or not, we can work as much as we want to, and the only downside is working so much that you become exhausted and sore. I was working 38-46 hours per week until I started having back problems. Right now we're looking for another full-timer, but hygienists down here don't WANT to work that much. It seems like things are different here in Austin than what I've heard from other places.
I'm sorry to hear that so many other hygienists are having such difficulty. If you can get over BS stereotypes you've heard about Texas, you might find it is a great, beautiful place to work, especially Austin. The work is still work, but at least we get compensated fairly down here.

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Holly in Peoria, Illinois

50 months ago

Thank you so much for posting this. I have been thinking that Texas would be a good option. If nothing else there's multiple cities to choose from in the state. Up here in Illinois it's very hard to find a job unless you know someone. My dad lived in Austin and is moving back and I'm thinking of going there when I graduate. Could you let me know what is reasonable wage/ benefits to ask for? I don't want to ask for too much or too little. Also, do you have any idea which city is better for jobs? Where you look for jobs? I've looked on yahoo, indeed.com, dentalpost.net and craigslist. Wondering if there's any other good sites. Thanks!

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Holly in Peoria, Illinois

50 months ago

Another thing, in school they make us sit down and I think it might be better for a person's back if they stood at least some of the time and just raised the patients chair. Have you tried that or is that an option.

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Jeni Darden in Austin, Texas

50 months ago

Holly in Peoria, Illinois said: Another thing, in school they make us sit down and I think it might be better for a person's back if they stood at least some of the time and just raised the patients chair. Have you tried that or is that an option.

Yeah, I've stood and raised the chair for people who can't recline and elderly patients. It's good to alternate if you get sore from sitting in the same position all day...

Craigslist is a good place to look. I have found two jobs through them. Also there is this website, iHireDental, that sends you emails when they get new job postings. I've always asked for $35/hr. I don't know how it is in other cities, but I do know that some hygiene friends of mine in College Station make about $28/hr. I don't know about Dallas or Houston. Might get more there since they're bigger, but I don't know.

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LM in Round Rock, Texas

50 months ago

I have to disagree with Jeni. With the "new" hygiene program at ACC just starting about 5 years ago, hygiene jobs in Austin are on the decline big time! It's becoming a saturated market and harder and harder to find jobs. I don't know what state is doing well..but don't move here. It won't be worth your while.

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Holly in Peoria, Illinois

50 months ago

You know, I'm kind of suspicious how much looks and confidence has to do with finding a job. Jeni, are you smoking hot?

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RDH in sa in Austin, Texas

48 months ago

No I'm not angry just had the caps on. Wow. How do you figure I am putting down RDH when I am being positive ? I have not seen any posts on here from SA so yeah I'm letting you know that there are jobs here. I do workout everyday so Im just speaking the truth you on the other must have the anger issues sir hence the degrading of the job on every post you have been trailing on. Yeah grow up guy and get a new profession sounds like you need to cause your promoting RT's to everyone. 25 yrs don't mean ish if you don't love your job!

Have a great day sir.

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exp in Exeter, New Hampshire

48 months ago

RDH in sa in Austin, Texas said: No I'm not angry just had the caps on. Wow. How do you figure I am putting down RDH when I am being positive ? I have not seen any posts on here from SA so yeah I'm letting you know that there are jobs here. I do workout everyday so Im just speaking the truth you on the other must have the anger issues sir hence the degrading of the job on every post you have been trailing on. Yeah grow up guy and get a new profession sounds like you need to cause your promoting RT's to everyone. 25 yrs don't mean ish if you don't love your job!

Have a great day sir.


You DO have anger issues; I believe you are looking into becoming an RDH on another thread. I recommend other fields that have opportunity in comparison to the hard road if you read the many threads on this site...not just from my but: students in their second year, recent grads, grads out 1-3 yrs...do you think they don't want to work...THERE is little work in many states. They are actively LOOKING. Why learn the hard way in choosing to go with a field where the work isn't there to very little? Since you can't see others point of view, especially mine, bypass it, since what you want is a rosey picture, which is not the case for many in this field now. I think that those who look at all sides and from the many on here voicing their experiences...your choosing to diss me shows no understanding of the present situation. If you are NOT an RDH or in school...I don't think you have the understanding of the lies, etc. that are put out there by schools, govt/bls, etc...please read the threads that are rosey if it makes you feel more secure. But I bet you will come across alot of young and recent grad's very upset with where they are now = no jobs to unstabel work situation and no benefits. You might find with your attitude above that a non people oriented field might better suit you. good luck SIR...I am not one.

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waterbug100 in Courtenay, British Columbia

48 months ago

^..100% agree Exp.

RDH, your post makes no sense. You're angry at Exp. for posting her perspective of the DH field, yet you're looking for information??

Just because Exp. is giving an opinion that doesn't fit in with what you want to hear doesn't give you the right to post a negative and disrespectful tirade against her personally.

You aren't even in SCHOOL yet, how the h*ll would you know ANYTHING about DH?

If you would just READ the many 100s of posts on DH you might find there are many, many people stating exactly what Exp. is stating. And as Exp. says, there are experienced, non experienced and everyone in between.

All the info you need is at your fingertips. READ and inform YOURSELF, and stop ranting disrespectfully at others.

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exp in Exeter, New Hampshire

48 months ago

Hi waterbug....thank you for your respect and support. Some people get so ANGRY...if the info they find isn't what they want to hear. I hate for anyone to go into DH now, because of the oversaturation...I speaking for many on here as are others, but get singled out. I do work , to those who think I don't, I do enjoy what I do ...still, even in the state of DH now and for many years to come. If those of you who don't like what I have to say from being IN the field for 25yrs....then take what you need and stop the dissing. Be respectful. GL to anyone in this field. Nowadays, it's being in the right place or knowing someone or looking (unfortunately...) a certain way for the Dr.'s...yes this is a factor in today's market. If you have info. such as we , not just me, given here...from many states going through the same thing for those RDH's wouldn't you want to know before paying out the outrageous amount for school? Yes, I know everything is more expensive now...but it's alot of $ ....and the jobs are not in sync with the huge # of us in the field now. Hope all is well with you H2O bug....some get and understand the experience we have in the field...even those with FT jobs!...some choose the head in the sand (O). Have a good day . EXP

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Holly in Peoria, Illinois

48 months ago

I've been working out and eating better, trying to get my weight down. I went from a 14 to a 12, hopefully will get lower by the time I graduate my program. I also am really aware of how I do my hair, makeup, clothes, voice, everything. I waxed my arms the other day and it hurt SO bad.

I did speak with the director of the DH program in Austin and she said everyone from the program got the job they wanted in hygiene, as in some only wanted part-time. It seems like a dentist should offer $28-32 an hour. Even if I worked 3-4 days a week I could get by and start paying my loans back.

Seems to me the reality is YES Texas is a state where it's going to be easier than many other states to find a job and YES you might have to wait and do a lot of looking and YES if you're huge and sloppy or over 50 or don't have good references then you will have a harder time and YES maybe certain people made it seems like the job market was better but I think for me Texas would be my best bet.

The only issue is I don't know ANYONE in Texas, so if there's anyone in the Austin area friend me on facebook Holly Laird Peoria, IL

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exp in Exeter, New Hampshire

48 months ago

Hi Holly, GL to you in your move to Texas. I wish you the best and hope that that state has work for RDH's and YOU find an employer that appreciates you, your skills and manner toward people in general. There are a few on here from Texas, not all that are very angry and take on a nasty attitudes to anything I put forth; they can't seem to pass it by or see the truth in what I say. Of course I don't live there , but, others do who are posting on here. I have a strong feeling they the few posting to my comments are changing around their personal info....on a good note, stay strong , it looks like you have a postitive plan for yourself.

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Holly in Beardstown, Illinois

36 months ago

Well, I graduated last month and I'm ready to move to Austin, Texas. Does anyone have any suggestions on questions I should ask at an interview?

I have no idea really what I should ask for as far as wages and benefits. I think I should ask for $30-35 as a new graduate, and paid vacation and sick leave. I don't think I should have to pay for any PPO except maybe safety glasses. I'd like to have a uniform and CE allowance. If I'm offered a full-time position I'd like to have medical, dental, and vision and a 401(k) with company match. I'm young and have worked very hard in low-paying jobs. This is my first time interviewing for a professional position. I really want to take my time and ask the right questions and find a respectable dentist to work. I want to be compensated fairly also, but I'm not sure what the typical starting wage in Austin is.

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leona2025 in Houston, Texas

18 months ago

Jeni Darden in Austin, Texas said: Hey guys, I've been following a lot of threads on here and I wanted to let everyone know that there IS a decent state where you can find hygiene jobs with benefits...Texas!.....

Wow that is awesome to hear! I've been fighting with myself back and forth about DH school. It seems like a great career and I have always been interested in this field. You don't know how refreshing it is to finally see something positive about DH. I would die if I went to school 2 to 4 years for this then find that I can't find employment!!! I love to work and I love money so working 45hrs a week WOULD NOT be a problem for me.

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leona2025 in Houston, Texas

18 months ago

I do see a lot of people saying there are no positions available. So I have decided, before I enter into the field, to go to some offices myself and check things out. I when to at least 10 offices in the last two days. At the very first office I went to the young lady said it is a little over saturated. She also said you could get jobs but you have to "be a hustler" to get them. Well I don't think I would like having to do that. If I was already a DH, then yes I would in order to feed my family. But I also feel that your degree and experience should speak for itself! So I don't want to hustle to get a job. That dental office was in Jersey Village. So today I ventured to the Kingwood area. Pretty much every place I went to said they didn't know anything about the market being over saturated! They ALL recommend doing DH. Even one of the instructors at the campus (Lone Star Kingwood)said that all of her graduates that wanted to work have positions! I just don't know what to do or who to believe. I'm praying on the situation and waiting on a confirmation. One other thing! Some of the people that I spoke with said that you being hired also has a lot to do with whether you attend a trade school or not. They said that the over saturated part is for people who are trying to work in little clinics. Does anyone know anything about this? And how is Austin doing in DH now days?!

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leona2025 in Houston, Texas

18 months ago

Holly in Beardstown, Illinois said: Well, I graduated last month and I'm ready to move to Austin, Texas. Does anyone have any suggestions on questions I should ask at an interview?

I have no idea really what I should ask for as far as wages and benefits. I think I should ask for $30-35 as a new graduate, and paid vacation and sick leave. I don't think I should have to pay for any PPO except maybe safety glasses. I'd like to have a uniform and CE allowance. If I'm offered a full-time position I'd like to have medical, dental , and vision and a 401(k) with company match. I'm young and have worked very hard in low-paying jobs. This is my first time interviewing for a professional position. I really want to take my time and ask the right questions and find a respectable dentist to work. I want to be compensated fairly also, but I'm not sure what the typical starting wage in Austin is.

So now that you have graduated and moved to Texas, how is the job market treating you? I'm really concerned about this. I live in Houston but would be willing to move to Austin after graduation.

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Job Lister in Aurora, Illinois

17 months ago

Smile Brands has openings in Texas (Austin AND Houston!) jobs.smilebrands.com/

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living in Katy in Houston, Texas

17 months ago

Job Lister in Aurora, Illinois said: Smile Brands has openings in Texas (Austin AND Houston!) jobs.smilebrands.com/

Those chains are going to treat you like dirt. I am sorry to disappoint you, but those are the worst places to work. The problem is that those are the only jobs available out there. Watch out for places like South Texas Dental, Southern Dental, Apple Dental, Bella Dental. These places take insurances like Medicaid and Texas CHIPS, and provide more quantity work than quality work. Instead of having one patient/hour you end up having patients every 15-25 min. I worked one day at Southern Dental and it was horrible and it took me like a month to get my paycheck. They wanted me to come back, but I said no. I will never ever go to that place again. And I wouldn't even let my kids to sit on those dental chairs, not even for free dental treatment. I wish you luck.

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