(Closed) Dental Hygienist or Sonography? Need help deciding which path to choose!

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You really should shadow these fields!

The salaries are not bad for these fields, BUT, the only issue with a 2 year specialized program is that you’re kind of stuck there (basically, a BS in the medical field may be better). Around here, both are incredibly competitive and difficult to get into.

Seems kinda boring to me to do the same thing, literally, day after day. Something to consider.


Post # 4
2025 posts
Buzzing bee

I personally would to Sonographer, but that’s because I have a sensitive nose and couldn’t stand smelly breath all day. Just some food for thought…

Post # 5
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

have you looked at job listings in your area to see what’s more in demand? talk to people who have these jobs if you can.

Post # 7
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Hygiene jobs in Florida are almost non-existent, and many are leaving the profession to pursue other interests. Salary in that state is pretty low in comparison to other areas. In NJ the average hygiene salary is $43./hr. I have no idea about salary for sonographers.

If I was doing it all over again,I’d pick something other than hygiene. Nursing?


http://www.dentistryiq.com/index/display/article-display/6566170999/articles/dentisryiq/hygiene-department/2010/10/RDH_eVillage_2010_salary_survey_part_3.html    Tampa is listed on this one as well as Miami…not sure where you are.

Post # 8
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Instead of sonography, does your school offer either Radiologic Tech or Medical Tech?

Radiologic tech is a bit more of a broad range because it also covers xray, mri, ct/cat scan, etc. A lot of primary care offices and physical therapy/athletic training centers have on-site xray now so you may be able to find more openings outside of a hospital or women’s care center.

Medical technologists and Clinical Lab Scientists make good salaries and there are TONS of labs you can work in since there are private labs pretty much everywhere in addition to the hospital labs.

CLS/CLA is a good option that I considered.

Post # 9
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Have you looked into a prerequisite for the programs? At the community college near me, you have to have an AA degree, 4 hours of shaodwing (the more the better), 120 hours of patient care experience, and CPR certification! You may need more than just prerequisites to be a competitive applicant.

Also–i hear hygiene school is really hard. One of the girls I went to college with is really struggling and she was incredibly academically inclined. If you consider yourself a “slow learner”, you may want to talk to people who’ve been in the program so you have a solid idea of what to expect as far as hours per week of studying, clinicals, etc, and you know if it’s a feasible choice for you or not.

Post # 11
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Lees4308: There are soooo many different areas/departments/specialties of nursing and many of them don’t involve “blood and gore”.

But if you’re still against nursing, I agree with figment that a radiologic tech or a medical tech would likely be a much better option than sonography.  Those would give you a lot more opportunities for jobs and wouldn’t pigion-hole you so much for the future.

Post # 13
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hi Bee Lee4308

 I am not sure that some info the other bees gave is right. I am currently a Sonography student and the feild is no where near limited. You can do ob, abdomen, vascular and if you want to specialize after you recieve these certifications you can look into doing either echosonography with the heart or nurosonography which deals with the spine and brain of babies. So there is a lot to growth in the field and ultrsound as a field itself is growning. Did you know last year at the winter olypics they had on site sonographers doing ultra sounds at the bottom of the slopes on skiers and snowboarders. Now is that sounds limited to you then idk what to say…

The pay is around 42-45 a year with our a specialization.

Radiology techs do NOT make as much as sonography. Also a lot of radiology tech ends up going back to school for ultrasound.

My best friend is a dental hygenist. She has been working for 3 years at a small office and she loves her job. She makes baout the same amout of money. She is very personable and likes to make her own schedule so this is the best field for her.

I would take the time to shadow I think it will really help. This is a life long decision so take the time to check them both out so you don’t make a wrong decision for yourself.


Post # 15
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

lees…i know this is kinda off your topic and unfortunately i have no advice for you but i remember a while ago you mentioned possibly trying to conceive, where are you guys at with that????

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