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DENTAL HYGIENIST, IN-DEPTH: Watched Patients Grow Up & Get Married

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Judy is a Dental Hygienist. She works with individuals and families mainly cleaning their teeth. She enjoys her career as a Dental Hygienist and pursues her hobbies on the side. Judy goes into detail about what she likes and dislikes about her job, key career decisions she made, the difficulty of getting a job and her work-life balance.

School: University of Southern California
Degree: Biology
Job Title: Dental Hygienist

Job Summary: Dental Hygienists

Job Description

Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Required by an accredited dental hygiene program

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$45,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
30 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Indoor, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Empathy, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Associate degree
Bachelor's degree
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m='11780'>if</span> <span m='12580'>it's</span> <span m='12750'>available</span> <span m='13320'>and</span> <span m='13450'>I</span> <span m='13790'>choose</span> <span m='14150'>to.</span> <span m='15780'>I</span> <span m='15930'>enjoy</span> <span m='16270'>my</span> <span m='16460'>patients,</span> <span m='17100'>I've</span> <span m='17630'>spent</span> <span m='18380'>30</span> <span m='18650'>years</span> <span m='18910'>working</span> <span m='19260'>at</span> <span m='19340'>the</span> <span m='19400'>same</span> <span m='19700'>office,</span> <span m='20070'>so</span> <span m='20220'>I've</span> <span m='20370'>watched</span> <span m='20740'>children</span> <span m='21170'>grow</span> <span m='21420'>up</span> <span m='21620'>and</span> <span m='21770'>get</span> <span m='21930'>married,</span> <span m='22760'>and</span> <span m='22960'>that's</span> <span m='23150'>a</span> <span m='23210'>nice</span> <span m='23510'>thing</span> <span m='23700'>to</span> <span m='23780'>watch</span> <span m='24050'>families</span> <span m='25920'>grow</span> <span m='26140'>up</span> <span m='26370'>and</span> <span m='26800'>change.</span> <span m='28710'>I</span> <span m='28870'>enjoy</span> <span m='29200'>that</span> <span m='29430'>a</span> <span m='29490'>lot.</span> </p><p><span m='31400'>What</span> <span m='31580'>I</span> <span m='31690'>dislike,</span> <span m='33020'>probably</span> <span m='33320'>more</span> <span m='33520'>than</span> <span m='33680'>anything,</span> <span m='34230'>is</span> <span m='34710'>being</span> <span m='35020'>on</span> <span m='35170'>such</span> <span m='35420'>a</span> <span m='35500'>close</span> <span m='35830'>schedule</span> <span m='36310'>and</span> <span m='36410'>having</span> <span m='36710'>to</span> <span m='36790'>watch</span> <span m='37130'>time</span> <span m='38060'>constantly.</span> <span m='38880'>And</span> <span m='41360'>running</span> <span m='42130'>behind</span> <span m='42435'>if</span> <span m='42740'>the</span> <span m='42820'>doctor is</span> <span m='43250'>running</span> <span m='43520'>behind,</span> <span m='44180'>or if patients</span> <span m='44930'>show</span> <span m='45180'>up</span> <span m='46110'>late,</span> <span m='46850'>then</span> <span m='47160'>it</span> <span m='47460'>could</span> <span m='47600'>possibly</span> <span m='48120'>affect</span> <span m='48530'>my</span> <span m='48660'>next--</span> <span m='49990'>running</span> <span m='50270'>late</span> <span m='50470'>for</span> <span m='50570'>my</span> <span m='50700'>next</span> <span m='50960'>patient.</span> <span m='52100'>That's</span> <span m='52350'>the</span> <span m='52470'>only</span> <span m='52680'>stressful</span> <span m='53210'>thing</span> <span m='53800'>about--</span> <span m='54430'>just</span> <span m='54690'>trying</span> <span m='54970'>to</span> <span m='55200'>constantly</span> <span m='55730'>stay</span> <span m='55980'>on</span> <span m='56100'>schedule.</span> </p><p><span m='57050'>Right</span> <span m='57340'>now,</span> <span m='57640'>I'm</span> <span m='57870'>transitioning</span> <span m='58640'>out</span> <span m='58820'>of</span> <span m='58940'>dental</span> <span m='59230'>hygiene.</span> <span m='59740'>I'm</span> <span m='59840'>semi</span> <span m='60170'>retired,</span> <span m='60850'>and</span> <span m='61000'>I'm</span> <span m='61260'>keeping</span> <span m='61610'>bees.</span> <span m='61950'>So</span> <span m='62810'>part</span> <span m='63030'>of</span> <span m='63120'>that</span> <span m='63340'>is</span> <span m='63540'>just</span> <span m='64120'>having</span> <span m='64480'>a</span> <span m='64510'>great</span> <span m='64879'>job</span> <span m='65400'>that</span> <span m='65790'>helps</span> <span m='66120'>me</span> <span m='67360'>pay</span> <span m='67870'>my</span> <span m='68080'>bills</span> <span m='68510'>early,</span> <span m='69080'>payoff</span> <span m='69540'>our</span> <span m='69660'>house--</span> <span m='70360'>we</span> <span m='70480'>worked</span> <span m='70740'>hard</span> <span m='71000'>to</span> <span m='71080'>do</span> <span m='71260'>that--</span> <span m='72010'>and</span> <span m='72490'>let</span> <span m='72970'>me</span> <span m='73360'>pursue</span> <span m='73760'>my</span> <span m='73940'>hobbies</span> <span m='74690'>more.</span> <span m='75110'>So</span> <span m='75930'>wind</span> <span m='76220'>down</span> <span m='76480'>from</span> <span m='76610'>my</span> <span m='76770'>day</span> <span m='77000'>job</span> <span m='77310'>and</span> <span m='77440'>pursue</span> <span m='77950'>hobbies.</span> </p><p><span m='80020'>It</span> <span m='80080'>was</span> <span m='80300'>a</span> <span m='80370'>great</span> <span m='80670'>job</span> <span m='80920'>for</span> <span m='81030'>years</span> <span m='81330'>and</span> <span m='81430'>years,</span> <span m='81750'>and</span> <span m='81870'>I</span> <span m='81970'>enjoyed</span> <span m='82350'>it.</span> <span m='82470'>And</span> <span m='83210'>it</span> <span m='83440'>gave</span> <span m='83740'>me</span> <span m='83900'>the</span> <span m='84040'>option</span> <span m='84540'>of</span> <span m='85490'>doing</span> <span m='85840'>other</span> <span m='86040'>things</span> <span m='86340'>with</span> <span m='86510'>my</span> <span m='86650'>spare</span> <span m='86970'>time.</span> <span m='87570'>So</span> <span m='87680'>I</span> <span m='87770'>love</span> <span m='87980'>the</span> <span m='88070'>fact</span> <span m='88380'>that</span> <span m='89161'>it</span> <span m='89270'>did</span> <span m='89460'>pay</span> <span m='89670'>well,</span> <span m='90540'>and</span> <span m='90770'>I</span> <span m='90830'>made</span> <span m='91020'>a</span> <span m='91060'>lot</span> <span m='91230'>of</span> <span m='91320'>great</span> <span m='91560'>friends</span> <span m='92620'>in</span> <span m='93050'>the</span> <span m='93150'>business,</span> <span m='93550'>people</span> <span m='93780'>I</span> <span m='93860'>still</span> <span m='94350'>stay</span> <span m='94560'>in</span> <span m='94680'>contact</span> <span m='95220'>with.</span> <span m='96440'>And</span> <span m='96600'>I</span> <span m='96660'>like</span> <span m='96920'>the</span> <span m='97010'>fact</span> <span m='97360'>that</span> <span m='97570'>I</span> <span m='97670'>was</span> <span m='97880'>able</span> <span m='98160'>to</span> <span m='99110'>use my</span> <span m='99550'>time</span> <span m='99990'>to do other</span> <span m='100430'>things</span> <span m='100870'>and</span> <span m='101810'>pursue</span> <span m='102490'>hobbies</span> <span m='102890'>now.</span> <span m='103590'>That's</span> <span m='103880'>the</span> <span m='103980'>point</span> <span m='104210'>in</span> <span m='104300'>my</span> <span m='104440'>life that</span> <span m='104730'>I'm</span> <span m='105020'>at</span> <span m='105130'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='106200'>When</span> <span m='106450'>I</span> <span m='106550'>first</span> <span m='106870'>got</span> <span m='107050'>out</span> <span m='107210'>of</span> <span m='107330'>school,</span> <span m='107740'>it</span> <span m='107810'>was</span> <span m='107960'>very</span> <span m='108280'>easy.</span> <span m='108560'>There</span> <span m='108690'>were</span> <span m='108810'>people</span> <span m='109360'>fighting</span> <span m='109750'>for</span> <span m='110030'>us.</span> <span m='110250'>So</span> <span m='110400'>you'd</span> <span m='110650'>have</span> <span m='110810'>multiple</span> <span m='111260'>job</span> <span m='111620'>offers.</span> <span m='112720'>I</span> <span m='112950'>understand</span> <span m='113930'>that</span> <span m='114430'>it</span> <span m='114590'>is</span> <span m='114790'>a</span> <span m='114870'>little</span> <span m='115090'>bit</span> <span m='115260'>harder.</span> <span m='115650'>I</span> <span m='115720'>think</span> <span m='116000'>because</span> <span m='116440'>the</span> <span m='116590'>economy</span> <span m='117200'>is</span> <span m='117390'>tougher,</span> <span m='118280'>fewer</span> <span m='118590'>people</span> <span m='119040'>are</span> <span m='119220'>retiring,</span> <span m='120610'>and</span> <span m='121150'>so</span> <span m='121280'>it</span> <span m='121380'>is</span> <span m='121530'>a</span> <span m='121620'>little</span> <span m='121880'>harder</span> <span m='122230'>to</span> <span m='122310'>get</span> <span m='122460'>a</span> <span m='122530'>job,</span> <span m='122800'>but</span> <span m='124320'>it's</span> <span m='124500'>not</span> <span m='124690'>as</span> <span m='124890'>hard</span> <span m='125260'>as</span> <span m='126190'>other</span> <span m='126680'>careers.</span> <span m='127570'>I</span> <span m='127750'>think</span> <span m='127980'>it's</span> <span m='129729'>not</span> <span m='129949'>that</span> <span m='130169'>difficult</span> <span m='130570'>to</span> <span m='130630'>get</span> <span m='130780'>a</span> <span m='130830'>job</span> <span m='131080'>in</span> <span m='131180'>dental hygiene.</span> </p><p><span m='132350'>In</span> <span m='132520'>dental</span> <span m='132820'>hygiene,</span> <span m='133450'>it</span> <span m='133570'>was</span> <span m='133730'>an</span> <span m='133840'>excellent</span> <span m='134320'>work</span> <span m='134590'>life</span> <span m='134830'>balance.</span> <span m='135240'>Because</span> <span m='136480'>when</span> <span m='136650'>you've</span> <span m='136780'>finished</span> <span m='137190'>your</span> <span m='137310'>last</span> <span m='137640'>patient,</span> <span m='138700'>you</span> <span m='138910'>go</span> <span m='139100'>home,</span> <span m='139470'>and</span> <span m='139570'>you</span> <span m='139660'>don't</span> <span m='139900'>take</span> <span m='140120'>your</span> <span m='140240'>work</span> <span m='140490'>with</span> <span m='140670'>you.</span> <span m='141010'>I</span> <span m='141170'>have</span> <span m='141320'>never</span> <span m='141590'>had</span> <span m='141780'>a</span> <span m='141830'>patient</span> <span m='142230'>show</span> <span m='142400'>up</span> <span m='142560'>on</span> <span m='142700'>my</span> <span m='142860'>door</span> <span m='143650'>and</span> <span m='143830'>say,</span> <span m='144050'>can</span> <span m='144360'>you</span> <span m='144510'>floss</span> <span m='145020'>between</span> <span m='145360'>number</span> <span m='145660'>18 and</span> <span m='146060'>19</span> <span m='146460'>for me</span> <span m='146760'>please.</span> </p><p><span m='148340'>Now</span> <span m='148460'>my bee</span> <span m='148840'>keeping</span> <span m='149250'>is</span> <span m='149370'>another</span> <span m='149740'>story,</span> <span m='150140'>because</span> <span m='150440'>at</span> <span m='150600'>midnight,</span> <span m='151100'>I</span> <span m='151160'>got</span> <span m='151380'>an</span> <span m='151500'>email</span> <span m='151990'>saying</span> <span m='152940'>there's</span> <span m='153150'>a</span> <span m='153240'>swarm</span> <span m='153660'>in</span> <span m='153770'>Castro</span> <span m='154170'>Valley,</span> <span m='154570'>can</span> <span m='154740'>you</span> <span m='155390'>pick</span> <span m='155590'>it</span> <span m='155680'>up</span> <span m='155820'>tomorrow</span> <span m='156140'>morning?</span> <span m='156630'>Or</span> <span m='157620'>so--</span> <span m='157920'>and</span> <span m='158240'>I'm--</span> <span m='159250'>I</span> <span m='159470'>have</span> <span m='159730'>my</span> <span m='160380'>beekeeping</span> <span m='161020'>equipment</span> <span m='161530'>at</span> <span m='161640'>home.</span> <span m='162470'>I'm</span> <span m='163210'>labeling</span> <span m='163720'>lip</span> <span m='164000'>balms</span> <span m='164400'>at</span> <span m='164530'>9</span> <span m='164770'>o'clock</span> <span m='165300'>or--</span> <span m='167000'>that</span> <span m='167410'>I</span> <span m='167500'>do</span> <span m='167720'>24/7,</span> <span m='168580'>practically.</span> <span m='169310'>But the</span> <span m='169590'>dental</span> <span m='169840'>hygiene</span> <span m='170310'>job,</span> <span m='171400'>you're--</span> <span m='173032'>it's</span> <span m='173440'>eight</span> <span m='173680'>to</span> <span m='173790'>five,</span> <span m='174340'>and</span> <span m='174750'>at</span> <span m='174920'>5</span> <span m='175140'>o'clock,</span> <span m='175500'>you're</span> <span m='175630'>done,</span> <span m='176230'>and</span> <span m='176780'>your</span> <span m='176910'>time</span> <span m='177210'>is</span> <span m='177310'>your own.</span> <span m='178250'>So</span> <span m='178700'>that</span> <span m='178900'>work</span> <span m='179130'>balance</span> <span m='179590'>worked</span> <span m='179830'>a</span> <span m='179890'>lot</span> <span m='180180'>better</span> <span m='180490'>than</span> <span m='181130'>my</span> <span m='181410'>bee</span> <span m='181560'>keeping</span> <span m='182180'>work-life</span> <span m='182750'>schedule.</span> </p>","file":{"id":691651,"video_id":"","name":"3139-Dental Hygienist IN-DEPTH.mp4","duration":184017,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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