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Dental Lab Technicians

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Dentistry

Dental Lab Technicians, working in conjunction with dentists, make and repair artificial replacements for natural teeth and make corrective devices, including dentures, bridges, and crowns. Dental Lab Technicians (DLT) may work as an employee of a dentist, or they may own and operate their own lab and contract with several dentists. DLTs do not have personal contact with patients except in rare cases, requested by the dentist, that require a visual inspection of the patient's teeth.

Work Settings

Virtually all dental lab technicians work in private dental offices or dental clinics. Two out of five assistants work part-time, sometimes in more than one office.

Education

Individuals interested in this occupation should have a high school diploma or equivalent. Programs offered at community colleges accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation usually take 12 to 24 months to complete.

Job Outlook

43 percent increase over the next 10 years

Salary

$17,000 - $38,000(NYS Avg $24,780)

Work Schedule

35-40 hour week; may include Saturdays and evenings

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