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Occupational Report for Dental Hygienists (29-2021) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational 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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Dental Hygienists
Employment Outlook for Dental Hygienists
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Dental Hygienists There are 12 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 12 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Registered Dental Hygienist 7/22/14 Aloha
Dental Hygienist 7/16/14 Woodburn
Dental Hygienist 7/16/14 Umatilla
Part Time Dental Hygienist (Friday Only), Portland Oregon 7/15/14 Portland
Part Time Dental Hygienist (Friday Only), Sandy Oregon 7/15/14 Sandy
Dental Hygienist - Temporary 7/8/14 Portland
Dental Hygienist 6/8/14 Beaverton
Dental Hygienist 6/8/14 Springfield
Dental Hygienist 5/13/14 Coos Bay DOE
Dental Hygienist - Restorative 5/13/14 Milwaukie
Dental Hygienist - On Call 4/15/14 Roseburg
Dental Hygienist - On Call 3/28/14 Portland
Job Openings from the Web for Dental Hygienists The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 19 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 19 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Dental Hygienist 7/23/14 Bend
Registered Dental Hygienist 7/19/14 Aloha Kaiser Permanente
Dental Hygienist 7/17/14 Woodburn Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
Dental Hygienist 7/16/14 Woodburn Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
Part Time Dental Hygienist (Friday Only) Sandy Oregon 7/12/14 Sandy Moda Health
Part Time Dental Hygienist (Friday Only) Portland Oregon 7/12/14 Portland Moda Health
Dental Hygienist 7/11/14 Roseburg
Dental Hygienist 7/11/14 Salem Gregory C Dilger Dds
Dental Hygienist (1110_10367023) 7/11/14 Roseburg
Dental Hygienist 7/10/14 Salem
Dental Hygienist - Temporary 7/4/14 Portland Willamette Dental Management Corporation
Dental Hygienist 7/3/14 Salem Favorite Healthcare Staffing
Dental Hygienist 6/14/14 Portland Favorite Healthcare Staffing
HYGIENIST 6/12/14 Salem Smile Brands Inc.
Dental Hygienist 6/10/14 Medford Favorite Healthcare Staffing
Dental Hygienist 6/7/14 Medford Rogue Valley Medical Center
Dental Hygienist 6/5/14 Springfield Willamette Dental Management Corporation
Dental Hygienist 6/5/14 Beaverton Willamette Dental Management Corporation
Dental Hygienist 5/10/14 Milwaukie Willamette Dental Management Corporation
State of Oregon License Information for Dental Hygienists
License License Authority Web Site
Dental Hygienist Oregon Board of Dentistry
Dental Hygienist, Limited Access Permit Oregon Board of Dentistry
Wages for Dental Hygienists
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Note: This occupation has a large share of part-time workers.
Annual wages for occupations with a large share of part-time workers may overstate actual income.
Oregon Statewide $31.62 $34.90 $39.76 $43.60 $45.92 $38.83 $80,770
Multnomah / Washington 32.04 35.96 40.64 44.13 46.23 39.55 82,265
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 30.11 33.96 39.13 42.90 45.16 37.68 78,373
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 32.74 36.99 40.40 43.63 45.56 39.23 81,604
Lane 31.84 35.29 40.53 45.16 52.38 40.55 84,334
Douglas 31.59 34.03 38.08 42.43 45.04 37.74 78,499
Coos / Curry 30.88 32.91 36.30 41.26 44.42 36.62 76,172
Jackson / Josephine 31.36 34.12 38.59 43.02 45.68 38.09 79,223
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 30.82 32.90 36.38 41.19 44.27 36.50 75,934
Klamath / Lake 30.81 32.22 34.60 36.99 40.08 34.47 71,685
Grant / Harney / Malheur 30.07 31.32 33.43 35.53 38.66 33.59 69,859
Clackamas 34.45 38.18 41.07 43.95 45.68 40.06 83,336
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Dental Hygienists
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 3,356 3,975 619 18.4% 62 86 148
Multnomah / Washington 1,364 1,619 255 18.7% 26 35 61
Clackamas 348 410 62 17.8% 6 9 15
Lane 334 394 60 18.0% 6 9 15
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 270 320 50 18.5% 5 7 12
Jackson / Josephine 267 315 48 18.0% 5 7 12
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 231 260 29 12.6% 3 6 9
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 173 204 31 17.9% 3 4 7
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 88 104 16 18.2% 2 2 4
Douglas 72 85 13 18.1% 1 2 3
Coos / Curry 64 74 10 15.6% 1 2 3
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 56 68 12 21.4% 1 1 2
Klamath / Lake 41 48 7 17.1% 1 1 2
Morrow / Umatilla 36 42 6 16.7% 1 1 2
Baker / Union / Wallowa 30 34 4 13.3% 0 1 1
Grant / Harney / Malheur 25 28 3 12.0% 0 1 1

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Dental Hygienists
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 3,356
Total All Industries Private 3,324
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 3,305
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 3,303
Offices of Physicians Private 28
Offices of Dentists Private 3,258
Educational Requirements for Dental Hygienists The typical entry level education for this occupation is an Associate's degree. Those with a Bachelor's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market.
Skills for Dental Hygienists
  • Analyze Dental Data
  • Apply Bacteriology Theory
  • Apply Dental Prophylactic Treatment
  • Apply Health And Sanitation Standards
  • Apply Knowledge Of Hazardous Disposal Techniques
  • Apply Patient Care Procedures
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Collect Clinical Data
  • Collect Dental Laboratory Diagnostic Data
  • Maintain And Compile Dental Records
  • Maintain And Compile Medical Records And Charts
  • Obtain Information From Clients, Customers, Patients Or Others
  • Operate X-Ray Machines
  • Perform Dental Hygiene Procedures
  • Prepare Patients For Exams, Treatments, Or Tests
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Provide Medical Treatments To Patients
  • Set Up Dental Equipment
  • Teach Patients About Oral Care
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Clinical Sterilizing Techniques
  • Use Computers To Enter, Access And Retrieve Data
  • Use Dental Equipment
  • Use Dental Terminology
  • Use Medical Terminology
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Dental Hygienists The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Oregon Institute of Technology
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601-8801
Phone: (541) 885-1000
Programs of Training:
Carrington College-Portland
2004 Lloyd Center, 3rd Floor
Portland, OR 97232-1309
Phone: (503) 761-6400
Programs of Training:
Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405-640
Phone: (541) 463-3000
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Phone: (877) 722-8648
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Dental Hygienists These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Blue Mountain Community College
Central Oregon Community College
Clackamas Community College
Lane Community College
Mt Hood Community College
Portland Community College
Rogue Community College
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