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Dental hygienists are dental care professionals who typically work as part of a team along with dentists, dental technicians, and dental assistants. Dental hygienists perform a wide range of dental care tasks, including screening patients, cleaning and polishing teeth, examining gums and more.

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Dental Hygienist Schools

Most dental hygienists prepare for their careers by earning an associate's degree in dental hygiene from an accredited dental hygienist training program. There are approximately 300 dental hygiene training programs in the United States accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Though a handful of programs offer certificates in dental hygiene, the following degrees are the most common:

  • Associate Degree: An associate's degree in dental hygiene is the most popular way for individuals to prepare for entry-level dental hygienist jobs. Associate's degree programs generally take about two years to complete and they are offered by approximately 270 accredited dental hygienist training programs.
  • Bachelor's Degree: Like an associate's degree, a bachelorÓł degree program in dental hygiene prepares you for state licensing and entry-level dental hygiene work, but it can also qualify you for positions in dental hygiene education, research, and public health. A bachelor's degree generally takes about four years to complete.
  • Master's Degree: A masterÓł degree in dental hygiene requires an additional one to two years of study after the bachelor's degree and qualifies graduates for jobs in education, research, administration, and public health.

Earning a dental hygiene degree requires a combination of coursework and clinical experience. Exact offerings vary by program, but most dental hygienist training programs require students to take courses in the following subjects:

  • General science: chemistry, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, nutrition, pharmacology
  • Dental science: dental, head, and neck anatomy; oral histology and pathology; radiography; periodontology; dental materials; pain control
  • Dental hygiene science: health education, community dental health, patient management, medical and dental emergencies

Classes and Coursework for Dental Hygienists

A strong background in biology, chemistry and mathematics is a good place to start. Many dental hygiene programs require at least one year of college education before applying. At the very least, a high school diploma and college entrance test scores are required to begin a dental hygiene program.

Dental hygienist education includes both classroom and clinical instruction. Coursework often includes the following subjects:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Histology
  • Periodontology
  • Clinical dental hygiene

Expect classes that will educate you on a variety of dental materials used, as well as instruction in social and behavioral sciences.

Dental Hygienist Education Requirements

Dental hygienists receive post secondary education from a dental hygiene program. A high school diploma or equivalent as well as passing an entrance test are typically required to obtain admission into a dental hygiene program. Dental hygiene programs offer laboratory, clinical, and classroom instruction. Most dental hygiene programs award associate degrees, which are typically all that is necessary educationally to practice in a private dentist's office. Advanced degrees are typically obtained by those wishing to go into research.

The majority of associate degree programs can be found in community colleges, technical colleges, dental schools or universities. It is important to make sure your program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Dental Hygienist Licensing

All states require that dental hygienists be licensed to practice. Most require that applicants be graduates of an accredited dental hygiene program and pass the written National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE). In addition, most states also require the passing of a clinical examination which is administered by state or regional testing agencies.

Resources for Dental Hygienists

Sources:

  1. Dental Hygienists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Dental Hygienists

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Dental Hygienists jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 970 $46,370
Birmingham 970 $46,370
Huntsville 410 $47,090
Mobile 290 $43,550
Montgomery 260 $43,020
Foley 130 $45,980
Fairhope 130 $45,980
Daphne 130 $45,980
Gadsden 110 $30,730
Oxford 110 $46,120
Anniston 110 $46,120
Jacksonville 110 $46,120
Muscle Shoals 100 $40,280
Florence 100 $40,280
Opelika 100 $42,330
Auburn 100 $42,330
Decatur 100 $45,180
Tuscaloosa 100 $48,270
Dothan 100 $48,940
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 310 $107,370
Fairbanks 70 $108,280
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 1660 $89,300
Phoenix 1660 $89,300
Scottsdale 1660 $89,300
Tucson 370 $85,560
Prescott 140 $92,790
Kingman 60 $77,440
Lake Havasu City 60 $77,440
Sierra Vista 40 $91,750
Douglas 40 $91,750
Yuma N/A $76,130
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 470 $65,650
North Little Rock 470 $65,650
Little Rock 470 $65,650
Jonesboro 130 $70,390
Hot Springs 50 $59,690
Pine Bluff N/A $55,740
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 6980 $96,970
Anaheim 6980 $96,970
Long Beach 6980 $96,970
San Francisco 3160 $107,200
Hayward 3160 $107,200
Oakland 3160 $107,200
Carlsbad 2160 $91,290
San Diego 2160 $91,290
Roseville 1810 $94,680
Sacramento 1810 $94,680
Arden 1810 $94,680
Arcade 1810 $94,680
Ontario 1490 $93,930
San Bernardino 1490 $93,930
Riverside 1490 $93,930
Santa Clara 1320 $100,800
Sunnyvale 1320 $100,800
San Jose 1320 $100,800
Ventura 590 $103,430
Thousand Oaks 590 $103,430
Oxnard 590 $103,430
Modesto 390 $81,720
Santa Rosa 290 $92,670
Santa Barbara 290 $98,230
Santa Maria 290 $98,230
Santa Cruz 280 $100,940
Watsonville 280 $100,940
Bakersfield 260 $86,870
Chico 250 $93,890
Stockton 250 $95,370
Lodi 250 $95,370
Visalia 240 $75,640
Porterville 240 $75,640
Fresno 220 $91,580
Paso Robles 210 $91,080
San Luis Obispo 210 $91,080
Arroyo Grande 210 $91,080
Salinas 200 $93,390
Fairfield 200 $97,850
Vallejo 200 $97,850
Napa 150 $99,000
Redding 90 $92,330
Yuba City 50 $93,840
Madera 40 $73,550
Hanford N/A $79,930
Corcoran N/A $79,930
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 2760 $86,240
Denver 2760 $86,240
Lakewood 2760 $86,240
Boulder 370 $86,770
Colorado Springs 350 $75,960
Fort Collins 310 $79,200
Greeley 210 $77,150
Pueblo 140 $72,920
Grand Junction 70 $65,410
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 1300 $87,950
West Hartford 1300 $87,950
Hartford 1300 $87,950
Stamford 940 $83,750
Norwalk 940 $83,750
Bridgeport 940 $83,750
New Haven 750 $81,930
Danbury 210 $78,640
Waterbury N/A $87,870
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 110 $64,720
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 3260 $62,400
Miami 3260 $62,400
Fort Lauderdale 3260 $62,400
St. Petersburg 1640 $69,740
Clearwater 1640 $69,740
Tampa 1640 $69,740
Kissimmee 1280 $68,710
Orlando 1280 $68,710
Sanford 1280 $68,710
Jacksonville 1020 $61,000
North Port 480 $68,300
Sarasota 480 $68,300
Bradenton 480 $68,300
Fort Myers 330 $71,540
Cape Coral 330 $71,540
Pensacola 290 $58,670
Ferry Pass 290 $58,670
Brent 290 $58,670
Titusville 290 $69,280
Palm Bay 290 $69,280
Melbourne 290 $69,280
Naples 280 $66,320
Marco Island 280 $66,320
Immokalee 280 $66,320
Ormond Beach 270 $61,160
Daytona Beach 270 $61,160
Deltona 270 $61,160
Gainesville 230 $60,440
Lakeland 200 $63,650
Winter Haven 200 $63,650
Crestview 200 $64,100
Fort Walton Beach 200 $64,100
Destin 200 $64,100
Port St. Lucie 200 $67,820
Panama City 160 $59,440
Ocala 160 $61,970
Tallahassee 150 $55,870
Punta Gorda 110 $70,270
The Villages 70 $62,730
Sebring 50 $63,380
Homosassa Springs N/A $57,870
Vero Beach N/A $62,030
Sebastian N/A $62,030
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 3490 $71,500
Sandy Springs 3490 $71,500
Atlanta 3490 $71,500
Savannah 330 $57,210
Macon 180 $50,480
Athens 140 $54,880
Clarke County 140 $54,880
Warner Robins 130 $60,060
Albany 120 $51,850
Gainesville 100 $61,830
Valdosta 70 $50,350
Rome 70 $66,760
Dalton 60 $67,960
Brunswick N/A $59,830
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 690 $74,590
Lahaina 90 $73,460
Wailuku 90 $73,460
Kahului 90 $73,460
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 700 $73,840
Coeur d'Alene 170 $85,120
Idaho Falls 160 $72,980
Pocatello 110 $68,570
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 320 $74,170
Peoria 300 $58,480
Urbana 180 $56,440
Champaign 180 $56,440
Bloomington 150 $60,190
Springfield 140 $74,930
Decatur 90 $61,640
Kankakee 80 $73,150
Marion 60 $65,910
Carbondale 60 $65,910
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 1670 $71,110
Carmel 1670 $71,110
Indianapolis 1670 $71,110
Fort Wayne 350 $60,050
Goshen 200 $62,310
Elkhart 200 $62,310
Kokomo 130 $70,790
Muncie 110 $72,380
Michigan City 100 $60,240
La Porte 100 $60,240
Lafayette 100 $68,780
West Lafayette 100 $68,780
Bloomington 60 $62,570
Terre Haute N/A $68,920
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 580 $71,760
Des Moines 580 $71,760
Cedar Rapids 260 $70,860
Dubuque 150 $68,500
Iowa City 120 $67,290
Cedar Falls 70 $71,520
Waterloo 70 $71,520
Ames 70 $73,320
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 660 $62,530
Lawrence 120 $82,970
Manhattan 70 $70,400
Topeka N/A $61,020
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 330 $54,810
Lexington 330 $54,810
Owensboro 110 $55,390
Bowling Green 70 $57,180
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 650 $45,960
Metairie 650 $45,960
Baton Rouge 400 $68,530
Shreveport 160 $51,740
Bossier City 160 $51,740
Thibodaux 150 $66,590
Houma 150 $66,590
Monroe 130 $42,390
Hammond 40 $64,480
Lake Charles N/A $37,120
Lafayette N/A $47,060
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 440 $61,720
South Portland 440 $61,720
Bangor 130 $64,150
Auburn 70 $71,150
Lewiston 70 $71,150
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 1720 $87,990
Towson 1720 $87,990
Columbia 1720 $87,990
Lexington Park 60 $91,010
California 60 $91,010
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 290 $87,890
New Bedford 100 $73,030
Pittsfield 90 $73,840
Gardner N/A $92,030
Leominster N/A $92,030
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 4580 $61,510
Detroit 4580 $61,510
Warren 4580 $61,510
Grand Rapids 1140 $61,410
Wyoming 1140 $61,410
Lansing 670 $61,740
East Lansing 670 $61,740
Flint 460 $60,720
Ann Arbor 430 $65,580
Portage 400 $60,010
Kalamazoo 400 $60,010
Saginaw 240 $55,870
Muskegon 120 $65,450
Niles 120 $65,940
Benton Harbor 120 $65,940
Jackson 120 $68,980
Monroe 100 $57,020
Midland 100 $59,550
Battle Creek 80 $55,510
Bay City 70 $59,240
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 200 $69,830
St. Cloud 180 $72,710
Mankato 100 $68,060
North Mankato 100 $68,060
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 320 $58,470
Pascagoula 160 $68,120
Biloxi 160 $68,120
Gulfport 160 $68,120
Hattiesburg 80 $49,730
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 290 $72,930
Joplin 130 $67,480
Columbia 120 $76,300
Jefferson City 60 $73,520
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 210 $73,230
Missoula 120 $70,590
Great Falls 70 $71,870
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 340 $67,760
Grand Island 70 $60,460
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1330 $87,130
Henderson 1330 $87,130
Las Vegas 1330 $87,130
Reno 360 $94,640
Carson City 40 $94,420
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 170 $75,820
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 180 $84,190
Vineland 140 $76,500
Bridgeton 140 $76,500
Ocean City 40 $88,630
Hammonton N/A $75,570
Atlantic City N/A $75,570
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 420 $89,400
Santa Fe 200 $88,920
Las Cruces 190 $78,270
Farmington 90 $85,130
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 1110 $57,340
Niagara Falls 1110 $57,340
Buffalo 1110 $57,340
Rochester 1010 $60,640
Albany 590 $64,220
Schenectady 590 $64,220
Troy 590 $64,220
Syracuse 570 $67,330
Binghamton 250 $55,710
Utica 180 $69,770
Rome 180 $69,770
Fort Drum 100 $62,010
Watertown 100 $62,010
Glens Falls 80 $68,450
Ithaca 70 $69,210
Kingston 70 $77,840
Elmira 60 $62,220
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 880 $70,370
High Point 590 $61,630
Greensboro 590 $61,630
Salem 410 $71,810
Winston 410 $71,810
Asheville 390 $59,400
Wilmington 280 $73,020
Fayetteville 260 $69,430
Hickory 160 $63,940
Lenoir 160 $63,940
Morganton 160 $63,940
Burlington 130 $73,340
Rocky Mount 80 $59,000
New Bern 80 $71,540
Jacksonville 70 $56,870
Greenville 70 $61,710
Goldsboro 70 $71,050
Durham N/A $72,730
Chapel Hill N/A $72,730
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 170 $67,070
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1510 $73,650
Elyria 1330 $66,750
Cleveland 1330 $66,750
Dayton 530 $70,080
Akron 520 $70,010
Toledo 510 $65,400
Canton 240 $57,180
Massillon 240 $57,180
Lima 90 $59,170
Mansfield 90 $62,840
Springfield 70 $63,340
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1000 $72,620
Tulsa 440 $78,820
Lawton 60 $70,910
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 380 $82,210
Salem 310 $77,150
Medford 270 $87,160
Redmond 180 $80,500
Bend 180 $80,500
Albany 120 $74,130
Corvallis 100 $88,640
Grants Pass 80 $92,230
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 2130 $57,070
Lancaster 500 $70,960
Carlisle 450 $60,560
Harrisburg 450 $60,560
Scranton 380 $50,780
Barre 380 $50,780
Wilkes 380 $50,780
Hazleton 380 $50,780
York 330 $68,910
Hanover 330 $68,910
Reading 300 $71,910
Erie 260 $57,030
State College 110 $60,510
Waynesboro 100 $69,750
Chambersburg 100 $69,750
East Stroudsburg 90 $61,190
Johnstown 70 $54,940
Altoona 70 $58,940
Lebanon 70 $65,990
Williamsport 60 $67,540
Gettysburg 50 $69,740
Bloomsburg 40 $57,640
Berwick 40 $57,640
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 530 $57,620
North Charleston 530 $59,670
Charleston 530 $59,670
Mauldin 430 $58,760
Anderson 430 $58,760
Greenville 430 $58,760
Florence 90 $48,010
Beaufort 90 $58,690
Bluffton 90 $58,690
Hilton Head Island 90 $58,690
Sumter 40 $50,030
Spartanburg N/A $57,770
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 250 $53,910
Rapid City 110 $61,300
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1340 $70,920
Franklin 1340 $70,920
Davidson 1340 $70,920
Nashville 1340 $70,920
Knoxville 610 $74,560
Johnson City 150 $59,830
Cleveland 80 $60,180
Morristown 60 $57,160
Jackson N/A $58,930
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 4120 $75,590
Fort Worth 4120 $75,590
Arlington 4120 $75,590
Houston 2540 $72,610
The Woodlands 2540 $72,610
Sugar Land 2540 $72,610
Round Rock 1180 $77,450
Austin 1180 $77,450
San Antonio 1020 $73,880
New Braunfels 1020 $73,880
McAllen 380 $65,290
Edinburg 380 $65,290
Mission 380 $65,290
El Paso 280 $60,500
Corpus Christi 270 $70,370
Tyler 180 $71,220
Longview 170 $71,970
Midland 140 $73,680
Lubbock 120 $70,810
College Station 120 $74,520
Bryan 120 $74,520
Abilene 120 $76,980
Brownsville 100 $55,500
Harlingen 100 $55,500
Waco 100 $72,690
Amarillo 90 $74,640
Wichita Falls 70 $66,590
Temple 70 $73,270
Killeen 70 $73,270
Sherman 70 $83,940
Denison 70 $83,940
San Angelo N/A $60,460
Victoria N/A $63,330
Beaumont N/A $64,310
Port Arthur N/A $64,310
Laredo N/A $81,960
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1100 $72,720
Orem 600 $72,990
Provo 600 $72,990
Ogden 580 $67,280
Clearfield 580 $67,280
St. George 160 $62,490
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 300 $66,720
Burlington 300 $66,720
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 840 $82,670
Roanoke 180 $73,820
Charlottesville 170 $78,750
Radford 80 $69,180
Christiansburg 80 $69,180
Blacksburg 80 $69,180
Lynchburg 80 $74,590
Harrisonburg 70 $81,740
Waynesboro N/A $76,180
Staunton N/A $76,180
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 3140 $94,350
Tacoma 3140 $94,350
Bellevue 3140 $94,350
Spokane Valley 560 $86,070
Spokane 560 $86,070
Richland 240 $91,990
Kennewick 240 $91,990
Tumwater 220 $96,630
Olympia 220 $96,630
Silverdale 170 $97,540
Bremerton 170 $97,540
Bellingham 150 $92,440
Yakima 140 $88,850
Anacortes 110 $94,170
Mount Vernon 110 $94,170
Longview 80 $98,070
Wenatchee 60 $90,310
Walla Walla 40 $88,410
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 210 $57,600
Vienna 100 $58,590
Parkersburg 100 $58,590
Morgantown 70 $55,950
Beckley N/A $52,990
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 1390 $66,660
Waukesha 1390 $66,660
Milwaukee 1390 $66,660
Madison 680 $65,300
Green Bay 320 $62,920
Appleton 240 $60,330
Wausau 190 $60,540
Eau Claire 170 $67,760
Neenah 120 $62,970
Oshkosh 120 $62,970
Beloit 100 $64,520
Janesville 100 $64,520
Sheboygan 90 $62,030
Racine 60 $63,990
Fond du Lac 60 $65,090
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 130 $72,990
Casper 80 $62,590

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Dental Hygienists

To find out more about building a career as Dental Hygienists, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Dental Hygienists

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Medical Office 168,260 97% $66,770
Office Services And Staffing 2,000 1% $69,560
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  • Dental Assisting
  • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
  • Provides blended courses that combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
  • Lets students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours with online chat rooms.
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  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, with programmatic approvals from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and the Board of Registered Nursing.
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