Sample 1 - State of California

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Dental Hygienists
(SOC Code : 29-2021)
in California

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.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Associate degree .

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Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20141st Qtr$45.68$40.27$48.23$54.25

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2010 - 202019,90023,3003,40017.1750

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Dental Hygienist - Extended FunctionsDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Dental Hygiene Committee of California
www.dhcc.ca.gov
Dental Hygienist, RegisteredDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Dental Hygiene Committee of California
www.dhcc.ca.gov
Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice (RDHAP)Department of Consumer Affairs
Dental Hygiene Committee of California
www.dhcc.ca.gov

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Offices of Dentists 27,06597.7%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
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.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Alternate Titles
Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH) and Hygienists.
 
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