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SOC: 29-2021 Dental Hygienists
Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.
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Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments. Record and review patient medical histories. Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease. Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease. Expose and develop x-ray film. Chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist. Maintain dental equipment and sharpen and sterilize dental instruments. Feel lymph nodes under patient's chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer. Provide clinical services or health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients or the general public. Apply fluorides or other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay. Maintain patient recall system. Administer local anesthetic agents. Remove excess cement from coronal surfaces of teeth.
License: This applicant should contact the State Board of Dental Examiners for application process and examination schedules. In-State License by Regional Exam Fee: $225.00 Renewal Fee: $65.00 Licensure by Credentials (Out-of-State): $1000.00
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $18.87   Entry $39,252.00
Mean $22.73   Mean $47,292.00
Experience $24.67 Experience $51,308.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
3,1803,7502601.66
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