Careers & Wages

Dental Hygienist

CAREER OUTLOOK: DENTAL HYGIENIST

The Dental Hygienist plays an important role in the field of healthcare. As specialists in oral health, dental hygienists help patients in the maintenance of good health and educate patients to prevent disease. Dental hygienists perform services under the supervision of licensed dentists and are the only other members of the dental team licensed to perform direct patient care. The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages and as research continues to link oral health to overall health.

Dental hygiene is a prevention-oriented profession offering a variety of career options. There are over 219,800 licensed dental hygienists in the United States. A dental hygienist can pursue numerous career options which are defined by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association as clinician, oral health promoter, clinical educator, researcher, practice administrator, clinical director, consultant, and consumer advocate.

 

WAGES & JOB GROWTH

Dental Hygienists must obtain licensure for clinical practice. Contributing factors to dental hygiene salaries include experience, level of responsibility, and practice setting. There is a considerable difference in salary based on geographic regions within the country, and proximity to large metropolitan areas.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook projections for the years 2018-2028 indicate dental hygiene receives a five star ranking (the highest awarded) with an 11% employment growth rate. Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Inexperienced recent graduates may expect a $31.70 per hour wage with $33.10 being the median hourly wage in Southern Utah. Wages vary around the country.

Academic Program

Email: DentalHygiene@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4905

Fax: 435-879-4929

Public Clinic

Email: DHclinic@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4900

Fax: 435-879-4929

Program Advisor

Cindy Clark

Email: Cindy.Clark@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4809

Office: Taylor 258