I was thinking of becoming a Dental hygienist. I am a guy and have never seen a male hygienist. Does gender play a role in this job? How many male hygienist are out there?
There's always at least 1 guy in the Dental Hygiene program here at Pitt. It is a female dominated field for sure, but it doesn't mean you can't be a part of it. I've asked professors about this at school in the past, and I'd say that there's about a 90% chance that unless otherwise explicitly told, patients will think you're a dentist anyways, so it shouldn't make much of a difference.
I was thinking about getting a bachelors in DH before dental school. When I was looking for more info about the program, I found the class picture from like the past 5 years and there was not one guy. I guess they wanted me to be the first one lol
I would say its a female dominated career, but that may be changing in the years to come( I got into my schools hygiene program with a pretty low GPA considering how competitive it is)
I never really thought of it that much because my hygienist growing up was a guy and always talked sports, hunting/fishing and whatnot with me
After I quit my career in sales, I became a nursing assistant so that I could get patient experience for medical school. Obviously, I am not aimed towards medical school anymore, but I still work as a nursing assistant. I guarantee that being a nursing assistant is as female dominated or even moreso than being a hygienist.
Some things I have come to realize, as long as you aren't wiping the patient's ass, they don't care if you are male or female. Even then, only 1 in a 100 cares!
If anything, they think that as a man, you chose this career and must really love it/be good at it!
Most women prefer me over a female counterpart,
And the only men who don't want me are the pervs that want a young woman scrubbing their junk (just fine with me, let someone else tend to their man parts!!).
Overall, in the eyes of the patient I have found that I am more unique and respected because of being in a female dominated industry...and because of this I am valuable. I recently took a job as a young man's personal assistant that pays double of what any other nursing assistant I know makes (it is more than what RN's made at my previous job!).
All this to say, I think being a male in a female dominated career has downsides, but likely has more upsides!