Dental Hygiene

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

8,215

declining 1.66%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$6,110

growing 5.07%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$30,600

growing 3.38%

Average Wage

$74,141

growing 1.56%

People in Workforce

4.11M

growing 3.34%

Average Employee Age

43.3

growing 0.293%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Dental Hygiene degree recipients are New York, NY, Bridgeport, CT, and Orem, UT. The locations with a relatively high number of Dental Hygiene degree recipients are Crystal, MN, Brentwood, MO, and Rangely, CO. The most common degree awarded to students studying Dental Hygiene is a associates degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Dental Hygiene and the types of students that study this field. University of Bridgeport awards the most degrees in Dental Hygiene in the US, but Careers Unlimited and Herzing University-Minneapolis have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Dental Hygiene.

Tuition costs for Dental Hygiene majors are, on average, $6,110 for in-state public colleges, and $30,600 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Dental Hygiene programs are Public, 2-year institutions (203 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 2-year (3,514 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Dental Hygiene

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Dental Hygiene, is Public, 2-year (3,514 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Dental Hygiene programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,110

Median In-State Public

$30,600

Median Out of State Private

University of Bridgeport has the most Dental Hygiene degree recipients, with 98 degrees awarded in 2016.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Dental Hygiene.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution

  1. 100%

  2. 22.7%

  3. 21.5%

Out of all institutions that offer Dental Hygiene programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Careers Unlimited and Herzing University-Minneapolis have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Dental Hygiene, with 100% and 22.7%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Dental Hygiene

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Dental Hygiene by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Health graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Health majors is $74,141 and the most common occupations are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Medical & health services managers.

The industry that employs the most Health majors is Hospitals, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Lumber & other construction materials merchant wholesalers.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$74,141

Average Wage in Workforce

± $790

1.56%

1 Year Growth

± 1.49%

The average salary for Health majors is $74,141 and the most common occupations are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Medical & health services managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Health majors.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Health majors, by number of employees, are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Medical & health services managers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Health majors working as Nurse anesthetists, Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, and Audiologists.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Health majors are Physicians & surgeons, Chief executives & legislators, and Nurse anesthetists.

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Occupations by Share

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4.11M

2017 Workforce

± 49,097

3.34%

1 Year Growth

± 1.65%

The number of Health graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.34%, from 3.98M in 2016 to 4.11M in 2017.

The largest single share of Health graduates go on to work as Registered nurses (37.2%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Health by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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The most common industries that employ Health majors, by number of employees, are Hospitals, Outpatient care centers, and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

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4.11M

2017 Workforce

± 49,097

3.34%

1 Year Growth

± 1.65%

The number of Health graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.34%, from 3.98M in 2016 to 4.11M in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Health graduates by share is Hospitals, followed by Outpatient care centers. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Health.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Health majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Health in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Health is 43.3, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Associates Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Health degrees, and White students earn the majority (5,648) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

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43.3

Average Age in 2017

± 0.158 Years

0.293%

1 Year Change

± 0.519%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Health. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 27 years old, which represent 2.8% and 2.75% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Dental Hygiene are Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, and Masters Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Health are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (95.6%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,648 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    995 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    546 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Dental Hygiene for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Female

    1,444 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino Female

    204 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    138 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Dental Hygiene. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Philippines

    199,889 degree recipients

  2. India

    79,998 degree recipients

  3. China

    26,625 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Philippines

    5.46 times more than expected

  2. Uganda

    5.26 times more than expected

  3. Nigeria

    3.55 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Philippines that hold Health degrees (5.46 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Philippines (199,889 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Dental Hygiene field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dental Hygiene majors need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Dental Hygiene majors need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Science, and Operation Monitoring.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Dental Hygiene majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Operation and Control is very distinctive for majors, but the Active Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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