We surveyed 943 dental hygienists to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.


Holland Codes

Dental hygienists are social and realistic

Dental hygienists tend to be predominantly social individuals, meaning that they thrive in situations where they can interact with, persuade, or help people. They also tend to be realistic, which means that they often enjoy working outdoors or applying themselves to a hands-on project.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be a dental hygienist. However, if you are artistic, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average dental hygienist break down:


Big Five

The top personality traits of dental hygienists are social responsibility and agreeableness

Dental hygienists score highly on social responsibility, indicating that they desire fair outcomes and have a general concern for others. They also tend to be high on the measure of agreeableness, meaning that they are very sensitive to the needs of others and value harmony within a group.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average dental hygienist: