Procedures and/or documents that are necessary to be able to work in this country
Applicant should have had at least 1 year’s working experience before applying for employment. A work permit is required and the prospective employer initiates formalities to obtain this.
Special conditions that may apply for hygienists that obtain employment
Contact for Work Permit and/or Visa
A work permit is required and the prospective employer initiates formalities to obtain this. For Visa information, contact the Swiss Embassy/Consulate in the country of residence.
Is a job offer required before a Work Permit/Visa is issued?
Main local and/or official language(s)
German, French and Italian. It is not necessary to be fluent in these languages, but would be an advantage.
Are hygienists qualified overseas required to sit the country's national examination?
Information on the local working environment
Average full time employment is 42 hours a week with 4 weeks vacation and national holiday entitlement.
Standard tasks that a hygienist is allowed to undertake in the country
- Nonsurgical periodontal therapy
- Removes supra and sub gingival calculus
- Removal of overhanging margins of restorations
- Polishing fillings
- Dental and periodontal charting
- Tooth vitality testing
- Oral health education
- Office and home bleaching of vital teeth
- Smoking cessation interventions
- Nutrition recommendations
It is customary for the prospective employer to help the applicant find living accommodation but is not his/her responsibility to pay the monthly rent.
Medical and accident insurance is necessary.
Job opportunities are good but speaking one of the languages of Switzerland will enhance the chances of a job offer.
|Number of Dental Hygienists, Female / Male||1,800 / Some|
|Number of Dentists||5,000|
|Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year||4 / 80|
|Practicing Dental Hygienists: Full-time / Part-time||60% / 40%|
|Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector||95% / 5%|
|Number of Dental Hygienists in independent practice||79 full time|
21 part time
|Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Clinicians||1650|
|Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators||70|
|Hygienists practicing as Administrators and/or Consultants||10|
Links to related web sites
- Swiss Dental Hygienists
- WHO Oral Health: Country/Area Profile Programme
Information based on data received by IFDH in:
NOTE: The information provided above is for general guidance only. The International Federation of Dental Hygienists advises all hygienists to contact the country’s relevant licensing bodies and agencies for current information and regulations.