Dental Laboratory Technicians

risk level
Based on 83 votes
-0.7 %
by year 2032
or $22.93 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

62% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

67% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 62% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Dental Laboratory Technicians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Dental Laboratory Technicians' job openings is expected to decline 0.7% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Dental Laboratory Technicians' was $47,690, or $22 per hour

'Dental Laboratory Technicians' were paid 0.8% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 34,190 people employed as 'Dental Laboratory Technicians' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as 'Dental Laboratory Technicians'.

Job description

Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances.

SOC Code: 51-9081.00


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Daro says
The dentist has contact with the patient, but the technician's work will be replaced by machines. I myself have a cad/cam in my studio and I can see how much more efficiently and reliably my works are created. The design process still requires a human being, but it is only a matter of time before they will refine the algorithms, and a human will not be needed here either.
Aug 04, 2021 at 08:00 PM
Dana says
It requires eyes to determine if the final product produced by a robot is valid.
Apr 04, 2019 at 06:49 AM
Andrew says
I bet you hope
Apr 19, 2019 at 10:58 AM
Robert says
yes, the eye of the dentist...not the dental tehnicians :)) ps. I am one
Mar 25, 2020 at 02:03 PM

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