Career Planning Should You Become a Dental Hygienist? Take This Career Quiz! By Dawn Rosenberg McKay Updated November 10, 2016 Share Pin Email Career Planning Career Choices Basics Skills and Training Self-Assessment Job Search Tips Evaluating Job Offers Job Loss Workplace Tips Work Balance Labor Laws and Rights View All 1. Should you upgrade to the latest smartphone. How do you decide? Tara Moore / Taxi / Getty Images I buy the new phone if I can afford it. I look at the new phone's features to see if they would be more useful. There isn't a decision to make. I must have the latest phone. I upgrade if the new features will be useful and the phone is affordable. 2. A salesperson explains your new cell phone contract. What do you do? Echo / Cultura / Getty Images I listen to the first part, but then my mind drifts. Blah. Blah. Blah. Who has time to listen to all that legalese. I try to listen carefully, but I'm a little distracted by my shiny new phone. I listen carefully. I don't want to miss important details. 3. You have to teach a young patient how to brush her teeth. How does it go? Ed Bock / Corbis / Getty Images It goes well. I'm sure her teeth will be much healthier on her next visit. I went over the technique a few times but I think I confused her. It goes okay but I have to repeat my instructions a few times. It doesn't go well. She got frustrated and so did I. 4. If your headphone wires got tangled up, would you fix them or just buy a new set? Vast Photography / First Light / Getty Images I would fix them. I'm sure I can get them untangled pretty quickly. I would try to fix them but I doubt I can. I would try to fix them if possible. I might be able to. I would buy a new set. 5. A stranger asks you for directions. What do you do? Muriel de Seze / DigitalVision / Getty Images I keep walking. As long as it's safe, I stop to give directions. I tell him or her to go into the nearest store to ask the people who work there. I point in the direction he or she needs to go. 6. Which of these people had a very bad day? 7. What is the highest level degree you'd like to attain? Rana Faure / Stone / Getty Images High School or Equivalency Diploma 1 to 2 year certificate Associate Degree Bachelor's Degree 8. Are you willing to take written and clinical licensing exams? PeopleImages.com / DigitalVision / Getty Images Definitely not. Maybe one but not both. Probably. Certainly. 9. Will you take more classes to maintain your professional license? PeopleImages.com / Monty Rakusen / Getty Images I would definitely do that. I don't think so. No. That would be a deal breaker. I might do that if I have to. 10. What is the lowest compensation that would be acceptable to you? Colin Anderson / Blend Images / Getty Images $72,330 $92,350 $104,672 $122,020 Should You Become a Dental Hygienist? You got: Don't Become a Dental Hygienist Stewart Sutton / DigitalVision / Getty Images 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. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Should You Become a Dental Hygienist? You got: Dental Hygienist Probably Isn't a Good Career Choice Axel Bueckert / EyeEm / EyeEm / Getty Images 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. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Should You Become a Dental Hygienist? You got: You Might Make a Good Dental Hygienist Mango Productions / Corbis / Getty Images 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 thinking, speaking 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. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Should You Become a Dental Hygienist? You got: You Were Born to Be a Dental Hygienist Hero Images / Hero Images / Getty Images 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 thinking, speaking 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. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Up Next Up Next Article Interested in Becoming a Dental Assistant? Learn More Up Next Article Essential Dental Hygienist Skills Up Next Article What Health Technologist and Technician Careers Are There? Up Next Article What Is a Dental Technician?