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Dental Hygienists

ANZSCO ID 411211

Overview

All Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Dental Hygienists

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 33% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 96% female Gender Share

Dental Hygienists carry out preventative dental procedures under the direction of a Dentist.

You usually need an advanced diploma or bachelor degree in oral health to work as a Dental Hygienist. Some workers have university qualifications.

Tasks
  • Provides educational programmes to motivate children, parents and the community in matters relating to oral health.
  • Provides fluoride therapy by applying re-mineralising solutions and desensitising agents.
  • Removes deposits from teeth.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need an advanced diploma or bachelor degree in oral health to work as a Dental Hygienist. Some workers have university qualifications.

Registration with the Dental Board of Australia is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    74% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Medicine and dentistry

    65% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  3. Psychology

    63% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  4. English language

    54% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Sales and marketing

    50% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  6. Chemistry

    49% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. Biology

    48% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  8. Education and training

    47% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  9. Computers and electronics

    44% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. Clerical

    41% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  11. Administration and management

    37% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Sociology and anthropology

    35% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  13. Therapy and counselling

    32% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  14. Law and government

    32% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Mechanical

    29% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  16. Communications and media

    29% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Production and processing

    29% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  18. Mathematics

    28% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  19. Personnel and human resources

    28% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  20. Public safety and security

    28% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    52% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Reading comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Serving others

    46% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  6. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  8. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  15. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Operation monitoring

    37% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Science

    37% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Negotiation

    30% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  4. Finger dexterity

    55% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  5. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Arm-hand steadiness

    54% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  7. Written comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  8. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  11. Deductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  12. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Control precision

    46% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  14. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  16. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  18. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  19. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  20. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    77% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Helping and caring for others

    74% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  3. Handling and moving objects

    72% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  4. Looking for changes over time

    71% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    68% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  7. Documenting or recording information

    66% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    65% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Working with the public

    65% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  10. Checking compliance with standards

    63% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  11. Researching and investigating

    62% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    59% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  13. Communicating within a team

    58% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Collecting and organising information

    56% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  15. Checking for errors or defects

    55% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  16. Controlling equipment or machines

    52% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  17. Scheduling work and activities

    52% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  18. Explaining things to people

    49% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Training and teaching others

    45% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  20. Working with computers

    44% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2021.00 - Dental Hygienists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    100% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Disease or infection

    100% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  4. Physically close to people

    100% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  5. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    99% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    97% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Making repetitive motions

    95% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  9. Radiation

    93% Important

    Be exposed to radiation.

  10. Teamwork

    93% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Repeating same tasks

    91% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  12. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  13. Spend time sitting

    88% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  14. Frequent decision making

    88% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Exposure to contaminants

    86% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  16. Bending or twisting your body

    84% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  17. Time pressure

    82% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  18. Unstructured work

    80% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  19. Contact with the public

    78% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  20. Freedom to make decisions

    76% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    95% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    64% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    62% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    86% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Analytical

    43% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2021.00 - Dental Hygienists.

All Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Dental Hygienists

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 33% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 96% female Gender Share

Dental Hygienists carry out preventative dental procedures under the direction of a Dentist.

You usually need an advanced diploma or bachelor degree in oral health to work as a Dental Hygienist. Some workers have university qualifications.

Tasks
  • Provides educational programmes to motivate children, parents and the community in matters relating to oral health.
  • Provides fluoride therapy by applying re-mineralising solutions and desensitising agents.
  • Removes deposits from teeth.

You usually need an advanced diploma or bachelor degree in oral health to work as a Dental Hygienist. Some workers have university qualifications.

Registration with the Dental Board of Australia is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry VET training pathways.

Employers look for Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    74% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Medicine and dentistry

    65% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  3. Psychology

    63% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  4. English language

    54% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Sales and marketing

    50% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  6. Chemistry

    49% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. Biology

    48% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  8. Education and training

    47% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  9. Computers and electronics

    44% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. Clerical

    41% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  11. Administration and management

    37% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Sociology and anthropology

    35% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  13. Therapy and counselling

    32% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  14. Law and government

    32% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Mechanical

    29% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  16. Communications and media

    29% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Production and processing

    29% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  18. Mathematics

    28% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  19. Personnel and human resources

    28% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  20. Public safety and security

    28% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    52% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Reading comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Serving others

    46% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  6. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  8. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  15. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Operation monitoring

    37% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Science

    37% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Negotiation

    30% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  4. Finger dexterity

    55% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  5. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Arm-hand steadiness

    54% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  7. Written comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  8. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  11. Deductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  12. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Control precision

    46% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  14. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  16. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  18. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  19. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  20. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    77% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Helping and caring for others

    74% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  3. Handling and moving objects

    72% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  4. Looking for changes over time

    71% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    68% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  7. Documenting or recording information

    66% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    65% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Working with the public

    65% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  10. Checking compliance with standards

    63% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  11. Researching and investigating

    62% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    59% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  13. Communicating within a team

    58% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Collecting and organising information

    56% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  15. Checking for errors or defects

    55% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  16. Controlling equipment or machines

    52% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  17. Scheduling work and activities

    52% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  18. Explaining things to people

    49% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Training and teaching others

    45% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  20. Working with computers

    44% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2021.00 - Dental Hygienists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    100% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Disease or infection

    100% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  4. Physically close to people

    100% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  5. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    99% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    97% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Making repetitive motions

    95% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  9. Radiation

    93% Important

    Be exposed to radiation.

  10. Teamwork

    93% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Repeating same tasks

    91% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  12. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  13. Spend time sitting

    88% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  14. Frequent decision making

    88% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Exposure to contaminants

    86% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  16. Bending or twisting your body

    84% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  17. Time pressure

    82% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  18. Unstructured work

    80% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  19. Contact with the public

    78% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  20. Freedom to make decisions

    76% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    95% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    64% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    62% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    86% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Analytical

    43% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2021.00 - Dental Hygienists.
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