What does the future hold?
Dental hygienists are expected to find excellent employment opportunities. Growing awareness of the importance of oral health, rising population and incomes, and the availability of dental insurance will all contribute to the growing need for dental hygienists in the years to come.
Dental Hygiene Careers
Employment settings include:
- private practices
- health maintenance organizations
- community health agencies
- military installations
- school districts
- private and state institutions
- industrial dental programs
With additional education and experience you may choose to pursue a career as a:
- program developer
- dental product salesperson
Although earnings vary by geographical location, setting, education and experience, the average salary for dental hygienists in Oregon is about $3,500-5,500 per month depending on the number of days worked per week. Dental hygienists set their own hours and may work full- or part-time. Success in this field is limited only by the drive and ambition of the dental hygienist.