Career Profile: Dental Lab Technician

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Also Called: Orthodontic Technician.

Job Description:

Do you like to work in a comfortable clinical setting? Are you good with administrative duties? Can you work under pressure? If your answer is YES, then you must consider pursuing a career as a medical assistant.

Dental Lab Technicians work in dental laboratories, which may range in size from one or two people to a large assembly line type of company. They usually work a regular 40 hour work week, and the work is not strenuous, and can be performed when seated. Their salaries vary according to their employer and experience, with some earning minimum wage, and others earning $10 to $20 an hour. Most jobs also offer benefits, such as health insurance, paid vacations, and holidays.

It takes at least three to five years to become a fully skilled dental laboratory technician. Some Dental Lab Technicians are trained on the job, but more employers are looking for employees who have completed a two-year training course in dental laboratory technology. Employers also prefer to hire those who have been certified by the National Board for Certification in Dental Technology.

The employment outlook for this occupation is good, though expected to grow much slower than the average for all occupations. The expansion of employer-sponsored dental care may increase growth, but as more advances in technology are made, there could be less need for technicians.

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