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High Demand Expected for Careers in Dentistry and Dental Hygiene

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Based on a Bureau of Labor Statistics? news release dated 12/19/13, ?occupations and industries related to healthcare are projected to add the most new jobs between 2012 and 2022.? The BLS projects that healthcare support occupations (28.1%) and healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (21.5%) will grow more than 20%-nearly double the overall growth?from 2012 to 2022.

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Dentist #3 best job of 2014

The dentistry profession is expected to add 23,300 new jobs up to the year 2022, according to the BLS report, and employment growth is predicted to

be nearly 16%. The desire for cosmetic treatments from dentists, such as teeth whitening, is partially responsible for the increase. Other reasons US News gave a dentist the #3 position in the article are:

  • a comfortable salary (median salary of $145,240 in 2012)
  • a low unemployment rate 
  • and an agreeable work-life balance.

Dental Hygienist #10 best job of 2014

Dental hygienists clean and examine teeth and provide preventative dental care and education on proper oral hygiene. According to the BLS? Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median yearly salary for hygienists was $70,210 in 2012, although many hygienists work part time. ?Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 33% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations?, the BLS reports. ?Ongoing research linking oral health to general health will continue to spur demand for preventative dental services, which are often provided by dental hygienists.?

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