Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-9081 Dental Laboratory Technicians
Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances. Exclude "Dental Assistants" (31-9091).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Read prescriptions or specifications and examine models or impressions to determine the design of dental products to be constructed. Test appliances for conformance to specifications and accuracy of occlusion, using articulators and micrometers. Melt metals or mix plaster, porcelain, or acrylic pastes and pour materials into molds or over frameworks to form dental prostheses or apparatus. Create a model of patient's mouth by pouring plaster into a dental impression and allowing plaster to set. Place tooth models on apparatus that mimics bite and movement of patient's jaw to evaluate functionality of model. Fabricate, alter, or repair dental devices, such as dentures, crowns, bridges, inlays, or appliances for straightening teeth. Remove excess metal or porcelain and polish surfaces of prostheses or frameworks, using polishing machines.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $12.21   Entry $25,403.00
Mean $18.86   Mean $39,234.00
Experience $22.19 Experience $46,145.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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51-9081.00 Dental Laboratory Technicians