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Dental Hygienist

Average Salary: $66,840

Education Training: Associate's Degree

Major Industry: Health Science

Related Occupations: Dental Assistant, Dentist; Registered Nurse, Radiologic Technologist

2012 Employment: 4,777

2022 Projections: 6,437

Annual Growth: 34.75%

Annual Change: 288

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Meet Kimberly
Dental Hygienist

Education: Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene from Indiana University School of Dentistry

What Lead You to Your Current Job: During high school, I did on-the-job assisting that helped me see what a hygienist does on a daily basis. I always wanted to work in the dental field and decided on dental hygiene because I can go anywhere and find a job as a hygienist.

Job Duties: Typically, I see between seven and ten people a day. I perform teeth cleaning, sealants and whitening.

What I Like About My Job: I like the amount of time I spend with my patients, helping them with their dental needs and getting to know them as a person.