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Standard Occupational Classification

Response to Comment on 2010 SOC:
Multiple Dockets on "Dental Hygienists"

Multiple dockets requested that Dental Hygienists be moved from the minor group 29-2000 Health Technologists and Technicians to the code 29-1025 in the minor group 29-1000 Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners. The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation, based on Classification Principle 2 which states that occupations are classified based on work performed. In some States, Dental Hygienists are not required to be supervised by Dentists and can make an initial patient diagnosis without supervision, but this is not widely practiced in the United States.

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Last Modified Date: March 12, 2009