Pct. increase in male participation
: 197.3% Pct. male in 2000
: 0.9% Pct. male in 2011
: 2.7% Median hourly income
As a career option, becoming a dental hygienist is rapidly gaining popularity. The field has strong growth prospects, with the BLS anticipating 38% more job opportunities in 2020 than 2010 — far faster growth than most careers. The appeal of these jobs is evident: the median pay in 2011 was more than $69,000 a year, the hours are highly flexible, and the position requires only an associates degree. In 2000, less than 1% of dental hygienists were men. By 2011, however, male participation had increased to 2.7% of all hygienists, representing a 197.3% rise in the number of men pursuing this career. With almost 150,000 dental hygienists in the U.S., even small increases in the proportion of men in these roles represent significant changes in the number of men employed.
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