Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants

Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants

NOC
3223

Construct dental appliances and devices such as crowns, bridges, dentures, partial dentures and orthodontic appliances for damaged, lost or irregular teeth.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

12
 

Median Hourly Wage

N/A

Median Salary

$36,773
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

63
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

100%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Dental technologists and technicians design, prepare and fabricate dentures and dental devices as prescribed by dentists and other specialists. Dental laboratory assistants assist dental technologists and technicians in preparing and fabricating dentures and other dental devices. They are employed in dental laboratories. Dental technologists and technicians who are supervisors are included in this unit group.

Main Duties

Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Design, fabricate or repair dental devices including full or partial dentures, orthodontic appliances, crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, clasps and bands, and implants
  • Prepare plaster models and moulds from dental impressions
  • Prepare wax bite-blocks and impression trays
  • Cast gold or metal alloys for bridges and denture bases
  • Pack plastic material in moulds to form full or partial dentures
  • Mould wax over denture set-up to form full contours of artificial gums
  • Make orthodontic bands from gold, silver, stainless steel or other metals
  • Finish metal framework of dentures and polish and buff dentures to obtain natural finish
  • May consult with dentists or other specialists on problematic dental cases
  • May train and supervise other dental technicians and dental laboratory assistants in fabricating dentures and other dental devices
  • May perform administrative functions for the dental laboratory.

Also Known As

  • ceramic denture moulder
  • dental laboratory assistant
  • dental technician
  • dental technician supervisor
  • dental technologist
  • denture finisher
  • denture wax pattern former
  • orthodontic band maker
  • registered dental technician
  • registered dental technologist
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Dental technologists and technicians are required to complete a college program in dental technology or Four or more years of on-the-job training under the supervision of a registered dental technologist or technician.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for dental technologists and technicians in all provinces except in Manitoba and the territories.
  • Dental laboratory assistants usually require secondary school and up to two years of on-the-job training.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

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37.8%
Female
62.2%
Male
Employment by age

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0.0%
15-24
0.0%
25-34
0.0%
35-44
72.7%
45-54
27.3%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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16.7%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
25.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
25.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
16.7%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
16.7%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

100.0%
Health care and social assistance
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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0.00%
Northeast
61.50%
Southeast
15.40%
Southwest
23.10%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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N/A
Northeast
$35,552
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$36,773

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$35,531

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$36,773

Newfoundland

N/A

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$50,531

Canada

$42,113
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

12
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

9
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

34
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

30