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What You Will Do

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head and neck for signs of oral disease. You may also educate patients about oral hygiene, take and develop radiographs or apply fluoride or sealants.

Typical Job Title

  • Dental hygienist

Salary Range

  • $34,900-$81,900 (based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the Chicago area)

Job Outlook

The demand for dental hygienists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


  • Dental offices
  • Hospitals
  • Dental supply companies
  • Public health organizations
  • Schools
  • Nursing homes