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Medical and dental technicians

Average National Salaries (2019)

Age 20

£11,960 pile of coins

Age 35

£23,920 pile of coins

Age 50

£27,040 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £18,200

What does this career do?

Medical and dental technicians operate, calibrate and maintain cardiographic and encephalographic testing equipment, assist in the conduct of post mortems, give simple dental treatments, fit artificial limbs and hearing aids, and undertake a wide range of related medical and dental tasks.

Typical tasks

  • operates equipment to diagnose and record or treat hearing, heart, brain, lung and kidney ailments
  • undertakes scaling and polishing of teeth, applies medicaments, carries out post-operative hygiene work and advises on preventative dentistry
  • makes dentures, crowns, bridges, orthodontic and other dental appliances according to individual patient requirements
  • measures patients for, and fits them with, surgical appliances, hearing aids and artificial limbs
  • performs related medical tasks including treating hair and scalp disorders and conducting tests on glaucoma patients
  • takes samples for clinical examination.

Current entry requirements

Entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades, BTEC/ SQA awards, an Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQ Level II or A levels/H grades. Training may last up to five years depending upon the field and method of study. Professional qualifications and NVQs/SVQs at Level 3 are available in some areas.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2020)
Female
(2020)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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