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Career and Education Opportunities for Dental Hygienists in New Mexico

New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its most populous city is Albuquerque.

Currently, 780 people work as dental hygienists in New Mexico. This is expected to grow by 24% to about 970 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for dental hygienists are expected to grow by about 36.1%. Dental hygienists generally clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease.

The income of a dental hygienist is about $35 per hour or $74,370 annually on average in New Mexico. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $32 hourly or $66,570 yearly on average. Incomes for dental hygienists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Dental in New Mexico, and not quite as good as the overall Dental category nationally. Dental hygienists work in a variety of jobs, including: hygienist, dental nurse, and oral hygienist.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist attractions include the Flowers by ZACH, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop.

CITIES WITH Dental Hygienist OPPORTUNITIES IN New Mexico


JOB DESCRIPTION: Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, dental hygienists clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. They also may educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Every day, dental hygienists are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in New Mexico include:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse. Care for ill, injured, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
  • Nuclear Medical Technologist. Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies utilizing a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.
  • Radiation Therapist. Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
  • Radiological Technician. Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
  • Radiology Technologist. Take x-rays and Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT or CT) scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other modalities, such as computed tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance.
  • Respiratory Therapist. Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, and operate equipment.
  • Surgical Technician. Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, and help count sponges, needles, and instruments.

LOCATION INFORMATION: New Mexico

New Mexico
New Mexico photo by karol m

New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its largest city is Albuquerque. In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. About 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist destinations include the Albuquerque City Government, the Flowers by ZACH, and the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop.