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dental labDental Laboratory Technology
Please read on for answers to often-asked questions about a career as a dental laboratory technician:

What is the career potential for dental laboratory technicians?

The Dental Laboratory Technology program provides training for a flexible career which offers several opportunities for advancement. Experienced technicians can eventually own their own laboratories or become department heads in larger laboratories where they would have supervisory responsibilities. In addition, dental technicians may teach courses in educational programs or apply their knowledge to sales and/or to the marketing of prosthetic materials, instruments, and equipment.

What is the salary for dental laboratory technicians?

The salary of a dental laboratory technician varies according to the level of responsibilities and the geographic location of employment. Starting salaries for dental laboratory technicians in this area range between $16,500 and $25,000. Experienced technicians may become self-employed by opening their own dental laboratories, leading to greater financial rewards. Income potential is unlimited for laboratory owners.

What are the working conditions for dental laboratory technicians?

Dental laboratory technicians perform much of their work without close supervision. They often experience the satisfaction that results from taking an entire project from start to finish.

What education is required for a career as a dental laboratory technician?

Most dental laboratory technicians receive their education and training through a two-year program at a community college, technical college, or dental school. Graduates of these programs usually receive degrees.

What training is available through Durham Technical Community College's Dental Laboratory Technology Program?

Students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and pass placement tests required for enrollment in the program. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree. Certificate options are available in Cast Partial Denture Techniques, Complete Denture Techniques, Crown and Bridge Techniques, and Dental Ceramic Techniques. Durham Tech's Dental Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

What personal qualifications are needed to become a dental laboratory technician?

Dental technicians require good manual dexterity, with the skill and touch of an artist. Technicians need to be creative when they make prostheses. They also need to be able to work independently and have high standards for detail and precision.

For additional program information call 919-536-7233.


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