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discouraged and need some advice! Hygiene school or nursing?

Hello. I’ve been studying to get into the dental hygiene program at my school for the past few years and have gotten all of my pre-reqs out of the way except Microbiology. I’ve gotten all A’s in all of my classes but have yet to take the TEAS test. I am really fascinated in the dental hygiene field as well and really feel that I would enjoy it, more so than I’ve ever felt towards any career. I even watch teeth cleaning videos on YouTube and really find it quite satisfying lol. The thing is, I’ve been doing a lot of research on different websites especially sites like indeed.com and there is so much talk about how dental hygiene is so oversaturated and impossible to find a job and how no one offers benefits and it really worries me. I’m even thinking of switching my major to nursing though I know I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I would dental hygiene. But I’d rather do something that I would enjoy less and find a job than get my degree in something I really love and end up not having a job at all! I was just hoping someone on here could give me some advice on what I should do in this situation. Thank you!!!!



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I would encourage you to do what you love or what you think you will really enjoy. If dental hygiene is what you want to study then go for it. I believe nursing might still be rewarding for you as you are still in patient care but you would hate to complete all the schooling to realize you don’t enjoy what you do. Yes the market is saturated. Where I live in Oregon we have a dental hygiene school in my town, makes for finding a local job difficult. I commuted for 3 years to a town 70 miles away for work until a job came open back home. If your patient enough to wait it out and keep searching for a job near by, eventually something will come open. I love what I do and even commuting for work was worth it because this is what I should be doing.

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I agree too! I am currently a nursing student and I am going into dental hygiene instead. I thought I loved nursing but I discovered that it wasn’t for me and I found my passion in dental hygiene. Definitely do what you love, no matter how hard it is or will be. Good luck!

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I agree with Kara! There are two dental hygiene programs within 20 miles of each other where I live. Making the job search challenging. When starting off I worked part time at different offices which is very common. It took a few years before I was offered a full time position but now i couldn’t be happier! I have been in offices with benefits and offices without. It really depends on who you work for. Temping is a great way to find new job opportunities and to also make great connections for the future! Like any profession starting your career will have many challenges, But if you love what you do it will all be worth it in the end!!

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