Dental Hygienist Courses

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What does a Dental Hygienist do?

A Dental Hygienist performs minor dental procedures and assessments on clients. You might work at an oral health clinic, a dental practice or other dental service. Dental Hygienists conduct teeth cleaning and plaque removal procedures and may offer advice on preventative care. You’ll work closely with dentists and other oral health professionals.

Dental Hygienists should have excellent attention to detail and strong personal skills. It’s important that you can communicate well with clients and listen to their concerns. Dental Hygienists will deal with many patients each day so you’ll need to be organised and have good time management skills.

Dental Hygienist Courses

There are 5 courses available for people who want to become a Dental Hygienist.

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How much does a Dental Hygienist earn?

In Australia, a full time Dental Hygienist generally earns $1,440 per week ($74,880 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Dental Hygienist?

This industry has seen an increase in employment numbers in recent years. There are currently 1,300 people working as a Dental Hygienist in Australia compared to 1,100 five years ago. Dental Hygienists may find work across all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Dental Hygienist?

If this career interests you, consider enrolling in a Dual Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in Dental Assisting with Oral Health Promotion Specialisation. This course will give you the skills to assist with dental procedures and prepare individualised oral hygiene programs for your clients.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within dentistry. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.