A Career in Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations, and job prospects are expected to remain excellent throughout the country.  Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow 33 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. This projected growth ranks dental hygienists among the fastest growing occupations, in response to increasing demand for dental care and the greater use of hygienists.

The demand for dental services will grow because of population growth, older people increasingly retaining more teeth, and a growing focus on preventative dental care. To meet this demand, facilities that provide dental care, particularly dentists’ offices, will increasingly employ dental hygienists, and more hygienists per office, to perform services that have been performed by dentists in the past.

Why you should consider becoming a dental hygienst:

Graduates of accredited dental hygiene education programs in colleges and universities may consider the following career paths upon graduation: 

  • administrators
  • business managers
  • clinicians
  • consultants
  • educators
  • researchers

Dental hygienists are employed by: 

  • private practitioners in general dentistry and the specialties
  • hospitals
  • schools
  • public health programs
  • insurance companies
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • dental equipment supply companies

Why you should choose UDMSD's Dental Hygiene Program:

  • One of the only dental hygiene programs in Michigan located within a school of dentistry
  • Courses are taught by both dental hygiene and dental faculty
  • Dental hygiene and dental students learn together in classes and clinics
  • Community focused and clinically oriented
  • No wait list