Are there opportunities besides sales and marketing-related positions in corporate dental hygiene/dentistry? If so, can you share what some of those options might be and how a dental hygienist would be qualified to apply? Thank you so much!
There are industry positions outside of sales and marketing, particularly in the area of clinical education and clinical research. While these positions may be technically outside of sales and marketing, they do work in collaboration with each other, supporting product development and sales of the product. In my experience a bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for these types of positions, with advanced degrees or direct experience in the specific discipline preferred.
Yes, there are opportunities to work with various corporations that hire dental hygienists as consultants/trainers. Often these opportunities open doors, should you wish, for speaking and writing. In order to be qualified to work as a trainer or consultant, you should have excellent speaking skills. A good place to start to develop and refine public speaking as well as leadership skills is ToastMasters: toastmasters.org. I actually think completing ToastMasters programs will help improve skills valuable for most corporate positions. If you are interested in consulting or speaking, you should also look into investing in the Speaking Consulting Network: speakingconsultingnetwork.com. It provides very significant training and opportunities within that organization. Dream big! Develop a plan and pursue it! Best to you.
At Hu-Friedy we have been fortunate to have dental hygienists in many roles relating to customer service, sales, product management, marketing management, professional education, product development, sales training, professional relations and corporate development. In many cases in order to fill those positions we have had tenured employees who have worked to develop skill sets in a specific position and in tandem seek experience in other areas through project involvement or additional education in business administration or education. When making the transition from clinical dental hygiene to the dental industry the degree in dental hygiene gives a solid understanding of the scientific method and customer requirements, however, building a resume to include experience or course work in business and or education related endeavors would help qualify for consideration.