A dental hygiene career offers opportunities to help people through clinical, educational and therapeutic services in order to prevent disease and promote good health.
Dental hygienists work in a variety of clinical and professional settings, from private practices, hospitals and health departments to colleges, dental-related businesses and health maintenance organizations. Dental hygiene jobs are expected to increase by more than 39 percent by 2016, according to the State of Illinois Occupational Employment Projections. Sample salaries are as follows:
Entry level: $44,352
College of DuPage offers an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree in Dental Hygiene. Prior to registration, students should meet with a program advisor for course selection.