Should You Become a Dental Hygienist?

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Updated November 10, 2016

6. Which of these people had a very bad day?

7. What is the highest level degree you'd like to attain?

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8. Are you willing to take written and clinical licensing exams?

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9. Will you take more classes to maintain your professional license?

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10. What is the lowest compensation that would be acceptable to you?

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Should You Become a Dental Hygienist?

You got: Don't Become a Dental Hygienist

I got Don't Become a Dental Hygienist. Should You Become a Dental Hygienist?
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Your answers show that being a dental hygienist wouldn't be the right career choice for you. You won't succeed at or enjoy working in this occupation. You don't have most of the soft skills you need, may not want to fulfill the requirements and may find the earnings unacceptable.

Dental hygienists must be socially perceptive and service oriented. They need excellent critical thinking, speaking and listening skills, and manual dexterity.

To work in this occupation, one needs an associate degree or bachelor's degree in dental hygiene. To become licensed, one must pass written and clinical exams, and to maintain that license, take continuing education classes. Dental hygienists earn a  median annual salary of $72,330.

You should look for a career that utilizes your strengths and has requirements you are willing to fulfill. It must also meet your earnings expectations as well.

Should You Become a Dental Hygienist?

You got: Dental Hygienist Probably Isn't a Good Career Choice

I got Dental Hygienist Probably Isn't a Good Career Choice. Should You Become a Dental Hygienist?
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This quiz was meant to evaluate your potential success as a dental hygienist by looking at your soft skills, willingness to complete the requirements and your desired compensation. Your answers indicate you won't succeed in or enjoy this occupation. Unfortunately, you don't have many of the qualities you need, may not want to fulfill all the requirements, and may not be happy with the earnings.

Dental hygienists need excellent critical thinking, speaking and listening skills. They must be socially perceptive and service oriented, and have manual dexterity.

Those who work in this occupation need an associate degree or bachelor's degree in dental hygiene. They must pass written and clinical exams to become licensed and take continuing education classes to maintain that license. Dental hygienists' median annual salary is $72,330.

Look for a career that fully utilizes your strengths. Make sure you are willing to fulfill the requirements and are comfortable with the compensation. 

Should You Become a Dental Hygienist?

You got: You Might Make a Good Dental Hygienist

I got You Might Make a Good Dental Hygienist. Should You Become a Dental Hygienist?
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This quiz assessed whether you have the soft skills you need to be a dental hygienist, are willing to fulfill the educational requirements and find the compensation acceptable. Your answers indicate this occupation is a good, but not perfect, match for you. Don't move forward until you know out what your deficits are and how to fix them.

Dental hygienists must have excellent critical thinkingspeaking and listening skills. They need to be socially perceptive and service oriented, as well as have manual dexterity.

You will need to earn an associate or bachelor's degree in dental hygiene to work in this field. You will also have to pass clinical and written exams to get a license, and take continuing education courses to maintain it. Dental hygienists earned a median annual salary of $72,330.

Before you proceed,  learn more about this career. Read job descriptions and conduct informational interviews.  

Should You Become a Dental Hygienist?

You got: You Were Born to Be a Dental Hygienist

I got You Were Born to Be a Dental Hygienist. Should You Become a Dental Hygienist?
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Congratulations! Dental hygienist seems like the perfect career for you. According to your answers, you have all the soft skills dental hygienists need. You are also willing to fulfill all the requirements, and you find the compensation acceptable.

Dental hygienists must be socially perceptive and service oriented. They need excellent critical thinkingspeaking and listening skills, as well as manual dexterity.

To work in this occupation, you will need to earn an associate or bachelor's degree. You are required to pass clinical and written exams to get a license and take continuing education courses to maintain it. Dental hygienists' median annual salary is $72,330.

This looks like a good career choice for you, but you must still learn all you can about it before proceeding. Look at job descriptions and conduct informational interviews.

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