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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 641794 23.926 1657
United States 207,900248,900 19.78,300 5,10017,490

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 35.9124.6129.44 35.6142.7048.72
Alaska 51.5339.8545.09 53.0559.5363.50
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 51.1340.6744.67 51.8358.8863.01
Fairbanks North Star Borough 53.2343.7651.08 55.2559.4261.92
Southeast Region 52.6137.8349.40 54.7360.1865.78
Balance of State 51.0031.4138.34 53.6362.2871.73

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
53050 9.443.0 30.7
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation70
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation55
UI claimants previously working in occupation14
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 40
Number of job position postings 14
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.9

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 BS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Dental Hygiene AAS