COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The job market for dental hygienists continues to grow despite issues with our nation's economy.
According to the Georgia Department of Labor, employment for dental hygienists is expected to grow about 35 percent by 2020, an annual growth rate of three percent.
Rebecca Foster, the Dental Hygiene Program Director from Columbus Technical College, explains why this particular health care career is growing.
"The reason for such high demand for dental hygiene is because people now have dental insurance and people are more educated about dental health," said Foster. "It's become one of the fastest growing occupations in health sciences."
Dental hygienists prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for dentists. With additional training, they have the potential to make more than $30 an hour.