|Quick Facts: Dental Laboratory Technicians|
|2010 Median Pay||
$35,140 per year
$16.90 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||40,900|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||1% (Little or no change)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||300|
Dental laboratory technicians use impressions, or molds, of a patient’s teeth to create crowns, bridges, dentures, and other dental appliances. They work closely with dentists but have limited contact with patients.
Dental laboratory technicians generally work in clean, well-lit, and well-ventilated laboratories.
There are no postsecondary education requirements to become a dental laboratory technician, but most have at least a high school diploma. Technicians usually learn their skills on the job.
The median annual wage of dental laboratory technicians was $35,140 in May 2010.
Employment of dental laboratory technicians is expected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020. Baby boomers and their children are more likely than previous generations to retain their teeth. This could lead to a decrease in the number of full and partial dentures and other prosthetics used to replace missing teeth.
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