Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants (NOC 3223)

About this job

This unit group works in dental laboratories and includes supervisors of dental technologists and technicians.

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
Common job titles
  • assistant, dental laboratory
  • bench - dental laboratory
  • CDT (certified dental technician)
  • RDT (registered dental technician)
  • RDT (registered dental technologist)
  • setter, denture
  • assistant, dental laboratory
  • bench - dental laboratory
  • CDT (certified dental technician)
  • ceramist, dental / ceramic denture caster
  • finisher, denture / denture framework
  • maker, dental prosthesis

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$52,307

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants:

  • 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.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an office and/or laboratory environment.
  • Workers may use instruments or power tools that could be a source of injury.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • 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.

As of July 1, 2017 when the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into force, you will not need significant additional training, experience, testing or assessment if your qualifications or certificates are recognized by a Canadian regulatory authority. This applies whether you were trained in Canada or internationally. Learn about labour mobility at www.workersmobility.ca. For information about labour mobility and foreign qualifications recognition, contact the B.C. regulator for your occupation.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Social
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Clerical Ability
View skills definitions

Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Dental Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
20
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
1,030
Average annual employment growth:
1.6%
Expected number of job openings:
500
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
20
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
90
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
120
Average annual employment growth:
1.8%
Expected number of job openings:
70

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Dental laboratory bench workers may progress to dental technologists and technicians positions with training, experience and registration.

Additional resources