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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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $67,230.00
Average Time to Fill 40 days
Typical Education Associate's degree
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 4,236
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Customer Service
Work Ethic
Critical Thinking
Following Directions
Written Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Perform dental hygiene procedures
Treat dental problems or diseases
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Operate therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Conduct dental x-rays
Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Assist practitioners in examining, evaluating, or treating patients

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Dental Hygienist Certification
Treatment Planning
Cancer knowledge
Patient Preparation

Related Licensing Requirements

Dental Hygienist (18-0000000032)

To obtain a license, applicants must: Not have been convicted of a crime that would interfere with the ability to carry out professional duties. Be a graduate of a school of dental hygiene accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and recognized by the Board. Have completed 2 years of formal coursework in dental hygiene school. Successfully pass the examination administered by the Board. Pay all applicable application and examination fees. Licenses are renewed every two years. Dental hygienists must complete a number of continuing education credit hours determined by the Board for each license period. These credit hours can be earned by taking courses, attending lectures and conferences, and by participation in study clubs. More detailed information, including application packets and test dates, may be obtained directly from the Indiana State Board of Dentistry.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana State Board of Dentistry (3172342054)

Dental Hygiene Intern Permit (18-0000000116)

IC 25-14-1-5 Dental intern permit or dental hygienist intern permit; restrictions; renewal; fees Sec. 5. (a) The board may at its discretion issue a dental intern permit or dental hygienist intern permit to any person to whom it has not issued a license but who is a graduate of a dental college or school of dental hygiene recognized by the board and is otherwise qualified to take the regular examination for a license given by the board. However, an applicant for a dental intern permit or dental hygienist intern permit shall furnish the board satisfactory evidence that the applicant has been: (1) appointed to a dental or a dental hygiene internship in a hospital or similar institution operated under the laws of Indiana; or (2) employed as: (A) an instructor in a dental school recognized and approved by the Indiana dental board; or (B) a teacher or operator in a clinic in a public or parochial school, college, or university. (b) The fee for the permit shall be set by the board under section 13 of this chapter. (c) Any person receiving a dental or dental hygienist intern permit may practice dentistry or dental hygiene only in a hospital or other institution designated in the permit and only under the direction of a licensed dentist who is a member of the dental staff of such hospital or other institution. The intern's dental or dental hygiene practice shall be limited to bona fide patients of such hospital or other institution. (d) The permit shall be valid for only one (1) year from date of issue, shall be renewable in the discretion of the board upon the payment of a fee determined by the board under section 13 of this chapter, and may be recalled at any time by the board.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana State Board of Dentistry (3172342054)

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