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How to become a Dental Hygienist

To work as a dental hygienist, the following may be required of you:

  1. Earn an associate's degree from an accredited dental hygiene school.
  2. Earn a bachelor's or a master's degree in dental hygiene if you want to advance your career.
  3. Apply for a license from the dental board in the state where you want to practice and then pass both a written and clinical examination to obtain the license.
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Typical qualifications for a Dental Hygienist

Your Indeed Profile has 3 of the 4 qualifications typically needed to be a Dental Hygienist.
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Dental Hygienist jobs in United States

Dental Hygienist (FT)
Grace Dental3.4
Menlo Park, CA
$500 - $560 a day
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8 hours ago
Dental Hygienist
R + R Dental
Hicksville, NY
From $40 an hour
32 minutes ago
Dental Hygienist
Arlington, TX
$50 - $60 an hour
40 minutes ago
Dental Hygienist
Oakwood Dental Arts3.8
Freehold, NJ
57 minutes ago
"A Performer" Dental Hygienist
Sawmill Dental Care
Columbus, OH
$38 - $42 an hour
54 minutes ago
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Career progression for Dental Hygienist

Education levels for Dental Hygienists

Based on the requirements of Dental Hygienist job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
Associate's degree59.4%
Bachelor's degree28.6%
High school diploma or GED8.1%
Master's degree2.8%
Doctoral degree1.1%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Dental Hygienist in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$68,200
4 - 8$69,200
8 - 12$70,700
12 - 16$71,100
16 - 20$72,600
20 - 24$72,000
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Common questions about career advices for a Dental Hygienist

How long does it take to become a dental hygienist?

To become a dental hygienist, you are required to obtain a dental hygiene certification. This certification will take two years at a minimum. If you would like to receive further education, you can remain in school and receive a bachelor's or master's degree. This means it can take anywhere from two to six years to become a dental hygienist.

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What is the job outlook for a dental hygienist?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the years 2018 to 2028, the number of dental hygienists that will be needed to fill positions in dental offices is expected to grow by approximately 11%.

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What skills are needed to become a dental hygienist?

Dental hygienists need to have strong communication and interpersonal skills since they regularly work with nervous patients who need to be kept calm. They handle numerous tasks at once so they are also expected to have strong organizational and time management skills.

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