Places of Employment and Outlook - BLS for USA - Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow by 38 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to spur the demand for preventative dental services, which are often provided by dental hygienists. Locally, most positions are part-time with full-time employment still available. Private practice, specialty practices, public health facilities, product sales, and hospital settings. With degree completion programs, other career opportunities exist in public schools, dental hygiene programs, research, and management.
Salary Ranges for Geographical Area - $60,400 median salary in Pennsylvania 2012 (BLS). Dental hygienists may be salaried or paid hourly, daily, or on a commission basis. Benefits may be contingent upon full-time employment.
Educational Advancement - HACC has an affiliation agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology, as well as possible transfers to other programs for bachelor's degree completion. Franklin University offers a BS in Healthcare Management and Shippensburg University offers a BS in Healthcare Administration. Immaculata University offers an accelerated BA in Health Care Management (classes in accelerated format and held at HACC's Lancaster Campus).
Related Websites For Additional Information About The Career
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American Dental Association
American Dental Hygienists' Association