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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 87
Undergraduate Certificate 86
Basic Certificate 85
Bachelor’s Degree 10

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

A major in dental laboratory tech prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

A major in dental laboratory tech will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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?

People with a dental laboratory tech degree often go into the following careers:

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?

87 Associate's Degrees Annually
71% Percent Women
57% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 71% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 15
Black or African American 13
Hispanic or Latino 19
White 25
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 7

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Dental Laboratory Tech, too. About 9.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Dental Laboratory Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $43,180 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to dental laboratory tech. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with dental laboratory tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to dental laboratory tech have obtained the following education levels.

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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 2019-2020, 36 schools offered a dental laboratory tech program of some type. 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 13 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 22 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 1 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 14,442
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 6,708
Other Dental Services & Allied Professions 112

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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