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    The 10 worst states for dental hygienists

    Some places are better locations than others for hygienists to work. Unfortunately, these are not those places.

    The United States of America covers 3.8 million square miles, and dental hygienists are responsible for caring and educating all 323 million people within those boundaries. Some places are of course better locations than others for those hygienists to work. Some pay more while others have a better professional community. Some are safer, and some really need the skills of qualified dental hygienists.

    Here, we present the 10 worst states for dental hygienists, but that’s not necessarily a pejorative. In a lot of cases, it just means that those skills – and that care – are especially in demand.

    Worst states hygienistOne can look at this list and say, “I’m glad that I don’t work there!” But others may look at the numbers and say, “They need me and I’m glad that I’m there.”

    We compiled data from personal finance website WalletHub (giving us dental health rankings); U.S. News and World Report (who contracted researchers McKinsey & Company to evaluate the states for such metrics as healthcare, finance and crime rates); and the government’s Occupational Employment and Statistics program (to find out employment data specific to hygienists).

    We ranked each of the 11 metrics for every state on a scale from one to 50. The best state got a one, while the worst got a 50. We then compiled those numbers: the best states got the lowest total, and the worst (again, here we are) got the highest numbers.

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    It’s important to realize that not one single dataset should define a state as the best or worst. For instance, if we ranked them solely on highest wage, Alaska would be in the top of the pack, yet other factors placed it squarely on this list. There are other considerations impacting quality of life, including crime, stress levels and education.

    The metrics that we used are:

    • Employment (the number of hygienists in the state)

    • Mean annual wage

    • Location quotient (which is a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular occupation in a region is as compared to the nation)

    • Healthcare

    • Education

    • Crime

    • Affordability

    • Stress

    • Dental habits

    • Insurance coverage

    • Oral health

    And with that, here is our ranking for the worst states for dental hygienists.

    Click through the slides to check them out.


    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...


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