Dental hygienists are able to work largely independent of dentists, although they are required to rent out a chair in a dentist's office. Individuals in this profession can clean teeth, perform dental examinations, and provide advice to patients on proper oral care and treatment. According to the BLS, the average salary of a dental hygienist is $68,250/year. The job outlook for this profession is well above average at 38% (average = 14%). Most dental assistants only have an associate's degree, making this one of the best professions to pursue based on education requirements and average salary.