Dental Laboratory Technicians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Dental laboratory technicians construct and repair dentures and other dental appliances including crowns, bridges, partial dentures, pre- and post-oral and maxillofacial surgical devices, and orthodontic appliances in a laboratory. Although dental technicians seldom work directly with patients, they provide a valued healthcare service by working with dentists to improve patient health and appearance.

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Work Environment

Dental laboratory technicians normally work in dental or optical laboratories and occasionally in examination and dispensing offices.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
  • Offices of Dentists
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Dental Laboratory Technicians in the Military

340

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Salary

Average Salary

$56,198

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 42%
  • Post-secondary certificate 22%
  • Associate's degree 16%
  • Less than high school 11%
  • Bachelor's degree 7%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for dental laboratory technicians consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice with dental appliances. Training content may include: Making and repairing dental devicesLaboratory operating proceduresBasic principles and techniques of dental care

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Knowledge

  • Production and Processing
  • Design
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Customer and Personal Service

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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