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Dental Technicians

ANZSCO ID 411213

Overview

All Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Dental Technicians

  • 2,700 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 36% female Gender Share

Dental Technicians construct and repair dentures and other dental appliances.

Specialisations: Dental Laboratory Assistant.

You need a diploma in dental technology to work as a Dental Technician. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Tasks
  • Dental technicians work from a mould of a client's mouth made by a dentist or a clinical dental technician, and custom-make a wide range of appliances for the mouth, including: removable partial dentures.
  • Crowns (covers for broken or damaged teeth).
  • Dentures.
  • Removable orthodontic appliances (plates with wires to straighten teeth).
  • Mouthguards.
  • Splints for broken or cracked jawbones.
  • Anti-snoring devices.
  • Teeth whitening trays. clinical dental technicians: assess oral tissue.
  • Recognise abnormal conditions of the mouth.
  • Take impressions of teeth.
  • Make partial dentures, full dentures and other oral devices.
  • Reline dentures that are ill-fitting.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a diploma in dental technology to work as a Dental Technician. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    67% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Technical design

    66% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Medicine and dentistry

    63% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  4. Engineering and technology

    60% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Customer and personal service

    58% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  6. Mechanical

    53% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  7. Chemistry

    53% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. Fine arts

    49% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  9. Administration and management

    49% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  10. Mathematics

    44% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  11. Education and training

    44% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. English language

    44% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  13. Clerical

    40% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  14. Computers and electronics

    39% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  15. Physics

    38% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  16. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Personnel and human resources

    34% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  18. Sales and marketing

    31% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  19. Biology

    25% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  20. Economics and accounting

    23% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  2. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Active listening

    43% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  7. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  10. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  11. Complex problem solving

    39% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Operation monitoring

    39% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  13. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Coordination with others

    37% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Operation and control

    37% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  16. Judgment and decision making

    36% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Equipment selection

    32% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    30% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Systems analysis

    29% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    61% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Finger dexterity

    57% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  3. Control precision

    55% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    52% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Oral comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  6. Visualization

    50% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  8. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  10. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  11. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  12. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  13. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  15. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  16. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  17. Oral expression

    43% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  18. Perceptual speed

    41% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Speech clarity

    39% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Written expression

    34% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    71% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    62% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    60% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Thinking creatively

    60% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    60% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Handling and moving objects

    60% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    59% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    56% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  9. Scheduling work and activities

    54% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  10. Looking for changes over time

    53% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  11. Checking for errors or defects

    52% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  12. Assessing and evaluating things

    50% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  13. Building good relationships

    49% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  14. Researching and investigating

    48% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  15. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    48% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  16. Communicating within a team

    47% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    47% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  18. Coordinating the work of a team

    46% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  19. Making sense of information and ideas

    45% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  20. Training and teaching others

    44% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9081.00 - Dental Laboratory Technicians.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Exposure to contaminants

    99% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Time pressure

    97% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    97% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    96% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  6. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    94% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  7. Face-to-face discussions

    91% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  8. Spend time sitting

    88% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Making repetitive motions

    81% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  11. Disease or infection

    77% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  12. Unstructured work

    76% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  13. Dangerous conditions

    74% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  14. Dangerous equipment

    74% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  15. Frequent decision making

    74% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    73% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  17. Teamwork

    73% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  18. Contact with people

    72% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  19. Impact of decisions

    72% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  20. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    72% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Independence

    62% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Working conditions

    60% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    48% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Analytical

    71% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Helping

    38% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Creative

    29% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9081.00 - Dental Laboratory Technicians.

All Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Dental Technicians

  • 2,700 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 36% female Gender Share

Dental Technicians construct and repair dentures and other dental appliances.

Specialisations: Dental Laboratory Assistant.

You need a diploma in dental technology to work as a Dental Technician. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Tasks
  • Dental technicians work from a mould of a client's mouth made by a dentist or a clinical dental technician, and custom-make a wide range of appliances for the mouth, including: removable partial dentures.
  • Crowns (covers for broken or damaged teeth).
  • Dentures.
  • Removable orthodontic appliances (plates with wires to straighten teeth).
  • Mouthguards.
  • Splints for broken or cracked jawbones.
  • Anti-snoring devices.
  • Teeth whitening trays. clinical dental technicians: assess oral tissue.
  • Recognise abnormal conditions of the mouth.
  • Take impressions of teeth.
  • Make partial dentures, full dentures and other oral devices.
  • Reline dentures that are ill-fitting.

You need a diploma in dental technology to work as a Dental Technician. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry VET training pathways.

Employers look for Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    67% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Technical design

    66% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Medicine and dentistry

    63% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  4. Engineering and technology

    60% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Customer and personal service

    58% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  6. Mechanical

    53% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  7. Chemistry

    53% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. Fine arts

    49% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  9. Administration and management

    49% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  10. Mathematics

    44% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  11. Education and training

    44% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. English language

    44% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  13. Clerical

    40% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  14. Computers and electronics

    39% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  15. Physics

    38% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  16. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Personnel and human resources

    34% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  18. Sales and marketing

    31% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  19. Biology

    25% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  20. Economics and accounting

    23% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  2. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Active listening

    43% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  7. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  10. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  11. Complex problem solving

    39% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Operation monitoring

    39% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  13. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Coordination with others

    37% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Operation and control

    37% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  16. Judgment and decision making

    36% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Equipment selection

    32% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    30% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Systems analysis

    29% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    61% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Finger dexterity

    57% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  3. Control precision

    55% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    52% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Oral comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  6. Visualization

    50% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  8. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  10. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  11. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  12. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  13. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  15. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  16. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  17. Oral expression

    43% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  18. Perceptual speed

    41% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Speech clarity

    39% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Written expression

    34% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    71% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    62% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    60% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Thinking creatively

    60% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    60% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Handling and moving objects

    60% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    59% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    56% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  9. Scheduling work and activities

    54% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  10. Looking for changes over time

    53% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  11. Checking for errors or defects

    52% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  12. Assessing and evaluating things

    50% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  13. Building good relationships

    49% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  14. Researching and investigating

    48% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  15. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    48% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  16. Communicating within a team

    47% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    47% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  18. Coordinating the work of a team

    46% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  19. Making sense of information and ideas

    45% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  20. Training and teaching others

    44% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9081.00 - Dental Laboratory Technicians.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Exposure to contaminants

    99% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Time pressure

    97% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    97% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    96% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  6. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    94% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  7. Face-to-face discussions

    91% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  8. Spend time sitting

    88% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Making repetitive motions

    81% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  11. Disease or infection

    77% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  12. Unstructured work

    76% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  13. Dangerous conditions

    74% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  14. Dangerous equipment

    74% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  15. Frequent decision making

    74% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    73% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  17. Teamwork

    73% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  18. Contact with people

    72% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  19. Impact of decisions

    72% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  20. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    72% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Independence

    62% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Working conditions

    60% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    48% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Analytical

    71% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Helping

    38% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Creative

    29% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9081.00 - Dental Laboratory Technicians.
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