Dental Hygienists (29-2021)

Occupation description:  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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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 607738 21.613 1124
United States 200,500237,900 18.63,740 3,2907,030

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is robust with high employment opportunities. Read more.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 34.9624.1128.98 34.7741.3047.33
Alaska 40.5924.2533.98 41.3847.3156.59
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 42.2932.0835.68 41.6648.0357.26
Fairbanks North Star Borough 42.0026.8339.53 43.4747.5454.59
Southeast Region 45.7432.7839.76 45.5054.2060.28
Balance of State 28.7319.9921.19 23.2139.8845.88

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
50351 10.144.3 30.8
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation77
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation59
UI claimants previously working in occupation15
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 36
Number of job position postings 4
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 9.0

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Associate's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

 Degree
Multimed   (Anchorage)
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Blood Borne Pathogens

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Bloodborne Pathogens / 045

 Degree
TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Dental Hygiene AAS
Dental Hygiene Bac