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I want to be a hygienest, but have concerns...

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Posted by: EMHSALR6  (10 years ago)
(Sorry, I meant hygienIst)...I am currently a stay home mom. I have my B.A. and am looking to go back to school soon to start a career. I am really excited about the possibility of going back for dental hygiene. However, I am concerned about the full time job opportunities in the Chicago area. Can you guys let me know if hygienists are mostly hired for part time employment? I really need to work full time if I am going to go back to school for 2+ more years. Thanks.
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Dentist
(Sorry, I meant hygienIst)...I am currently a stay home mom. I have my B.A. and am looking to go back to school soon to start a career. I am really excited about the possibility of going back for dental hygiene. However, I am concerned about the full time job opportunities in the Chicago area. Can you guys let me know if hygienists are mostly hired for part time employment? I really need to work full time if I am going to go back to school for 2+ more years. Thanks.

It is tough for hygiene right now. Dentists are very slow and doing a lot of cleanings theirselves. Many hygienists have to piece together a full schedule at 2 or 3 offices. Who knows what it will be like in two years.

Naturally, a lot of jobs open are miserable ones workiing in Medicaid and HMO mills where you will burn out quickly.

But tell me a bright field that offers full-time employment with good pay lately? Maybe pharmacy, but that is 7 years in school. Got to follow your passion, and the money will come eventually.
Posted 10 years ago
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Posted by: EMHSALR6  (10 years ago)
Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your feedback. Hopefully the economy will have improved by the time I am ready to work full-time.
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Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your feedback. Hopefully the economy will have improved by the time I am ready to work full-time.

I just hired a hygienist right out of school. The reason I took a chance on her is she could befriend patients easily, and was willing to work at a lower wage when doing clerical things in the office. Your chances of being hired increase if you:

1. Learn helpful ancillary tasks like website maintenance to use in the office.
2. Learn all you can about popular dental computer programs.
3. Learn Spanish, or another common foreign language in your area.
4. Learn marketing tricks that will increase your patient flow and loyalty.

In this economy, workers need skills that make them stand out from the rest.
Posted 10 years ago
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