Dental Laboratory Technicians

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What do they do?

Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances.

Also known as:

Ceramist, Crown and Bridge Dental Lab Technician, Crown and Bridge Technician, Dental Ceramist, Dental Laboratory Technician (Dental Lab Tech), Dental Technician (Dental Tech), Denture Laboratory Technician (Denture Lab Tech), Denture Technician, Metal Finisher, Metal Room Dental Technician, Model and Dye Person, Model Technician, Orthodontic Laboratory Technician (Orthodontic Lab Technician), Porcelain Finisher, Porcelain Technician, Waxer

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Dental Laboratory Technicians is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 1.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #27 in job growth rate
  • 150

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #10 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Dental Laboratory Technicians:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Bachelors degree, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.2%)
  • Master's degree (1.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (11.7%)
  • Associate's degree (17.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (29.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (34.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (4.7%)

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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds.
  • Inspect medical or dental assistive devices.
  • Mix ingredients to create specific finishes.
  • Place materials into molds.
  • Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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