Dental 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
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
What personal qualifications are needed to become a dental laboratory
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.