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Dental Laboratory Technology

90 Associates's Degrees Annually
5 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#133 in Popularity (Associate's)
$43,180 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Dental Laboratory Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many dental laboratory technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 149
Associate’s Degree 90
Basic Certificate 66
Bachelor’s Degree 5

What Dental Laboratory Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, dental laboratory tech majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Dental Laboratory Tech Majors

Dental Laboratory Tech majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Dental Laboratory Tech Majors

dental laboratory tech majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities for Dental Laboratory Tech Majors

Dental Laboratory Tech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Dental Laboratory Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with dental laboratory tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Dental Laboratory Technicians 14.4% $40,440

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Dental Laboratory Technology?

90 Associate's Degrees Annually
64% Percent Women
56% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 64% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of dental laboratory tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Dental Laboratory Tech Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 13
Hispanic or Latino 18
White 36
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

Geographic Diversity

Dental Laboratory Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 3.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Dental Laboratory Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Dental Laboratory Tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $43,180 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Dental Laboratory Technology Major  ( 43180 to 122320 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some careers associated with dental laboratory tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for dental laboratory tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 6.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 24.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 13.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 11.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 9.4%
Master’s Degree 15.3%
Doctoral Degree 10.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 8.1%

Online Dental Laboratory Technology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 schools offered some type of dental laboratory technology/technician program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 12 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 14 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 5 0
Associate’s Degree 23 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 12 0
Master’s Degree 2 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Dental Laboratory Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a dental laboratory tech grad is $43,180 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 8% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $65,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to dental laboratory tech.

Major Number of Grads
Dental Assisting/Assistant 17,412
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 8,260
Other Dental Services & Allied Professions 118

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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