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Dental Technician

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Dental technicians make and repair dental appliances, such as false teeth, crowns, bridges, implants or braces. Dentists use these appliances to replace or improve their patients’ teeth, speech, appearance or ability to chew.

The Work

You could be:

After training, you could go into one of the three following specialisms:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Dental technicians' pay can start at around £18,000 a year, rising with experience to between £24,000 and £30,000 year.

Dental technicians who work with the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change scale. The current pay scales are from April 2018. Qualified technicians start on Band 5, £23,113 to £29,905 a year. Dental technician specialists and those with management responsibilities are on Band 6, £27,635 to £37,000 a year.

Higher specialist dental technicians are on Band 7, £32,974 to £43,471 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You can find jobs with the NHS and in private practice. There are also opportunities with the armed services.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2475
2.2 %
RISE
2023
2530
  United Kingdom
2018
34766
2.2 %
RISE
2023
35538

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Dental Association (BDA)
Tel: 01786 476040
Website: http://www.bda.org
Twitter: @TheBDA

General Dental Council
Tel: 020 7167 6000
Website: http://www.gdc-uk.org/
Twitter: @GDC_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeneralDentalCouncil/

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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