Dental Laboratory Technicians

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

Career Cluster: Manufacturing
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

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

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Data base user interface and query software
  • Easy Solutions Easy Lab
  • Mainstreet Systems & Software DentaLab/PC II
EDUCATION


high school diploma/GED or certificate after high school
usually needed
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JOB OUTLOOK

New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

Salary:
High: $74,800.00
Median: $46,050.00
Low: $30,770.00
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