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What Is a Dental Laboratory Technician?

Dec 04, 2008

A dental laboratory technician works in the background to make and repair different types of dental work, including dentures, crowns, bridges, and braces. They can work in various types of businesses, including hospitals, clinics, and labs, or for manufacturers of dental prosthetics.

For the most part to become a dental laboratory technician you will have to complete a two- or four-year dental program through a community college, vocational school, or other post-secondary institution. There is also an option to complete a five-year apprenticeship program instead. You must then pass a National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology exam before you are qualified to work as a dental laboratory technician.

A career as a dental laboratory technician requires the ability to do precise work with your hands, pay attention to detail, and demonstrate a willingness to work independently on projects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for this career is $34,170.

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