Do you dream of living and working in the New England region as a dental hygienist? If so, then one state which you may want to consider making your home is Vermont. Vermont is bordered by Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Quebec, and is the second least populous state following Wyoming. Interestingly enough, it boasts the least populous state capital, Montpelier. Its most populous city is Burlington, which is also the least populated city in any state to be that state’s most populated place.
What is Vermont known for, aside from its low population density? Maple syrup, for one—it is the leading producer nationwide. Lack of crime is another big claim to fame; in 2016, it was considered the safest state in the country, so if you are looking for a place to raise a family, it may be a good choice.
If you enjoy outdoor activities and aren’t afraid of a little cold weather, Vermont is a veritable paradise. There are a number of famous ski resorts here, including Sugarbush, Killington, Okemo, and Stowe Mountain. If hiking, fishing, and mountaineering are more your thing, consider a visit to Mount Mansfield or Lake Champlain.
Career Outlook and Salary
If it is your dream to become a dental hygienist in Vermont, you will be happy to learn that the mean annual wage reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 was $76,860. As of that time, there were 1,250 dental hygienists at work in Vermont. As the nationwide mean salary for dental hygienists is $73,440, those in Vermont are earning more.
There is a reason for that higher salary, and that is Vermont’s higher cost of living. So the standard of living you can afford here will end up being about comparable to what you could on average anywhere else in the country.
As to career growth, the field is expanding rapidly at a rate of 19%, so that is going to mean a lot of new opportunities. So this is a great time to pursue a career in dental hygiene in Vermont.
If you are ready to embark on this exciting career adventure, here is what you need to do in order to get your Vermont dental hygiene license:
- Submit the $150 fee with your application.
- If you were licensed in any other states, have them fill out and submit the “Verification of Licensure” form.
- Earn a dental hygiene degree through an accredited program, and have your school fill out and submit a “Verification of Education” form to the Board.
- After you pass the National Board Examination, get your scores submitted to the Board.
- You also must pass a clinical regional exam from WREB, CRDTS, or NERB. Submit a copy of your results.
- You must have an up-to-date CPR certification. Submit proof of your course. This could be a CPR course or it could be an Emergency Office Procedure Course.
- Take and pass the Jurisprudence Examination.
- If you plan to administer anesthesia, then you also will have to submit the Application for Endorsement of Local Anesthesia form.
Ready to get started? You can begin by taking a look at the list of schools we have compiled below. All of these colleges and universities have accredited programs in dental hygiene available in Vermont.
Vermont Technical College
Dental Hygiene Department
301 Lawrence Place
Williston, VT 05495-0000