It can be difficult to try and choose a career that will see you through your life, without having to start over again learning a new one. Many careers go through so many technological changes these days, that they are almost obsolete by the time you get through the schooling you need for them. If you would like to learn a career that won’t require you to do that, unless you choose to, becoming a dental hygienist is one you may want to consider.
A dental hygienist is the person who works along the side of dentists. As a dental hygienist you will clean the teeth of patients, examine the health of their gums and check the patient’s mouth, neck and head for any signs of oral disease, such as gingivitis. You will be responsible for taking clear and accurate xrays and you may also be required to apply sealants to teeth. There can be quite a few other requirements, depending on the type of practice you choose to work with.
To become a dental hygienist, you will need to earn an associate’s degree before you begin. This doesn’t take too long and won’t leave you with overwhelming school loans that take years to pay off. The demand for competent workers in this field is high, which means there are plenty of dental hygienist job openings to choose from, in most locations. You may choose to work in a dentist’s office, a clinic or other organizations. You will have your choice of full time and part time positions. This makes this a perfect career for those who may want to work full time, then cut back to part time while raising children.
The salary for a dental hygienist will depend on where you choose to practice and whether you choose to work full or part time. You will find that a full time hygienist can easily earn up to $70,000.00 a year in many locations. If you like to work in a clean, fun and relaxing environment, while being able to provide a service to people that will help them look and feel better, while helping them to prevent future health problems, this may be the perfect career for you.