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Dental Laboratory Technicians

Also called: Dental Ceramist, Dental Laboratory Technician (Dental Lab Technician), Dental Technician (Dental Tech), Denture Technician

What they do:
Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances.
On the job, you would:
  • Read prescriptions or specifications and examine models or impressions to determine the design of dental products to be constructed.
  • Test appliances for conformance to specifications and accuracy of occlusion, using articulators and micrometers.
  • Melt metals or mix plaster, porcelain, or acrylic pastes and pour materials into molds or over frameworks to form dental prostheses or apparatus.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • product and service development
  • medicine and dentistry
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Easy Solutions Easy Lab
  • Inventrix Labtrac
Accounting software
  • Bookkeeping software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Computer imaging software
  • Graphics software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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