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Dental Laboratory Technicians

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

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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.
  • Fabricate, alter, or repair dental devices, such as dentures, crowns, bridges, inlays, or appliances for straightening teeth.

Knowledge

Business
  • management
  • customer service
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Health
  • medicine and dentistry

Skills

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

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say

Personality

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
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Computer aided design and drafting CADD software
  • Dental product design software
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Easy Solutions Easy Lab
  • Mainstreet Systems & Software DentaLab/PC II

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$45,770
$29,600
$71,740
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