What Can I Do With a Major in Dental Hygiene?

Henderson State University offers a pre-professional program in Dental Hygiene.

Marketable Skills

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical/Critical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Awareness of Law and Policy
  • Conceptualizing
  • Counseling Skills
  • Defining Needs
  • Delegating Tasks
  • Expressing Ideas
  • Gathering Information
  • Implementing Decisions
  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Listening Skills
  • Managing Time/Stress
  • Multi-tasking
  • Persuasion
  • Prioritizing Tasks
  • Problem Solving
  • Provide/Respond to Feedback
  • Service Orientation
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Teaching/Instructing Others
  • Teamwork
  • Understanding of Chemistry and Human Anatomy
  • Understanding of Healthcare Fundamentals
  • Use Technology Effectively
  • Written Communication

Related Career Titles

  • Clinical Instructor
  • Community Consultant
  • Corporate administrator
  • Corporate educator
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Office Manager
  • Educator
  • Health Professions
  • Patient Advocate
  • Product researcher
  • Professor
  • Program Director
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Public Health Clinician
  • Sales Representative
  • Sealant Program Administrator

 Potential Employers

  • Armed Services
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Community health centers
  • Departments of Veteran Affairs
  • Hospitals
  • K-12 school systems
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Occupational health and safety programs
  • Private dental offices and clinics
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Research laboratories and institutes
  • University/colleges 

Strategies

  • Gain volunteer hours of hands on experience/observation through a dental office during your undergraduate degree.
  • Build a strong foundation in basic science courses.
  • Shadow professionals in a dental office to gain a better understanding of their occupation and to build relationships with professional mentors.
  • Build your network and get involved on campus through student organizations and campus events.
  • Attend career related campus events such as career fairs, company information sessions, and or career workshops.
  • Students who are interested in graduate school should maintain a high undergraduate GPA and develop relationships with faculty and community leaders.
  • Speak with mentors and faculty about career opportunities.
  • Job leads can be found on your department’s website, list-servs, newsletters, and social media sites.

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Dental Hygienist

Career Paths for Dental Hygienists

Thinking Outside the Box: A Path to a New Career

Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners

Professional Associations

American Dental Hygienists' Association

American Dental Association

National Dental Hygienists' Associations