These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Dental Hygienists

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 10 months ago
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It’s tough to be a dental hygienist nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a dental hygienist isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become dental hygienists in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many dental hygienists no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former dental hygienists to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former dental hygienists:

  1. Dental Assistant
  2. Hygienist
  3. Office Manager
  4. Dental Hygiene Professor
  5. Dentist
  6. Adjunct Faculty
  7. Dental Assisting Instructor
  8. Clinical Instructor
  9. Sales Associate
  10. Adjunct Instructor

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a dental hygienist would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former dental hygienists to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former dental hygienists:

  1. Office Manager
  2. Adjunct Faculty
  3. Clinical Instructor
  4. Sales Associate
  5. Adjunct Instructor
  6. Manager
  7. Volunteer
  8. Substitute Teacher
  9. Adjunct Clinical Instructor
  10. Registered Nurse

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Dental Hygienists

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed dental hygienist under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a dental hygienist, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former dental hygienists.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Dental Hygienists

Job Title Rank %
Dental Assistant 1 3.03%
Hygienist 2 2.76%
Office Manager 3 2.37%
Dental Hygiene Professor 4 2.24%
Dentist 5 1.71%
Adjunct Faculty 6 1.58%
Dental Assisting Instructor 7 1.45%
Clinical Instructor 8 1.45%
Sales Associate 9 1.32%
Adjunct Instructor 10 1.32%
Volunteer 11 1.18%
Manager 12 1.18%
Adjunct Clinical Instructor 13 1.05%
Registered Nurse 14 1.05%
Substitute Teacher 15 1.05%
Consultant 16 1.05%
Owner 17 0.92%
Sales Representative 18 0.92%
Administrative Assistant 19 0.79%
Teacher 20 0.79%
Server 21 0.79%
Certified Dental Assistant 22 0.66%
Treatment Coordinator 23 0.66%
Cashier 24 0.66%
Internship 25 0.66%
Periodontist 26 0.66%
Sales Consultant 27 0.66%
Instructor 28 0.66%
Clinical Manager 29 0.53%
Physician Assistant 30 0.53%
Oral Surgery Assistant 31 0.39%
Program Manager 32 0.39%
Professional Educator 33 0.39%
Teaching Assistant 34 0.39%
Customer Service Representative 35 0.39%
Supervisor 36 0.39%
Assistant 37 0.39%
Assistant Professor 38 0.39%
Clinical Supervisor 39 0.39%
General Dentist 40 0.39%
Office Administrator 41 0.39%
Doctor 42 0.39%
Team Leader 43 0.39%
Sales Manager 44 0.39%
Human Resources Coordinator 45 0.39%
Office Assistant 46 0.39%
Secretary 47 0.39%
Front Desk Receptionist 48 0.39%
Registered Dental Assistant 49 0.39%
Medical Assistant 50 0.39%
Co-Owner 51 0.39%
Front Desk Coordinator 52 0.26%
Clinic Trainer 53 0.26%
Assistant Manager 54 0.26%
Administrator 55 0.26%
Receptionist 56 0.26%
Dental Internship 57 0.26%
Resource Coordinator 58 0.26%
Tutor 59 0.26%
Prn 60 0.26%
Customer Service Trainer 61 0.26%
Instructor, Faculty 62 0.26%
Concierge 63 0.26%
Waitress 64 0.26%
Bookkeeper 65 0.26%
Front Office Administrator 66 0.26%
Customer Service Associate 67 0.26%
Staff Nurse 68 0.26%
Coordinator 69 0.26%
Surgical Assistant 70 0.26%
Assistant Office Manager 71 0.26%
Adjunct Professor 72 0.26%
Clinical Social Worker 73 0.26%
Administrative Support 74 0.26%
Emergency Medical Technician 75 0.26%
Operations Director 76 0.26%
Graduate Assistant 77 0.26%
Realtor 78 0.26%
Sales Specialist 79 0.26%
General Practice 80 0.26%
Co-Owner/Partner 81 0.26%
Dental Office Manager 82 0.26%
Business Owner 83 0.26%
Patient Advocate 84 0.26%
Public Health Professor 85 0.26%
Coach 86 0.26%
Md 87 0.26%
Customer Service Manager 88 0.26%
Practice Management Consultant 89 0.26%
Chief Executive Officer 90 0.26%
Therapist 91 0.26%
Pediatric Dental Hygienist 92 0.26%
Bartender Server 93 0.26%
Home Health Aid 94 0.26%
Practice Manager 95 0.26%
Attorney 96 0.26%
Territory Sales Representative 97 0.26%
Program Director 98 0.26%
Medical Receptionist 99 0.13%
Laboratory Assistant 100 0.13%