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Medical and dental technicians

£11,960 Average salary at age 20
£29,120 Average Salary
37 Average hours per week


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.

Main 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.


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.

What Medical and dental technicians studied in higher education

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What Medical and dental technicians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(A2) Pre-clinical dentistry2
(C9) Others in biological sciences2
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy1
(L3) Sociology1
(A9) Others in medicine & dentistry10
(C1) Biology3
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology1
(C5) Microbiology1
(A4) Clinical dentistry8
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry2
(B6) Aural & oral sciences1
(H1) General engineering1
(B7) Nursing16
(J9) Others in technology1
(B8) Medical technology19
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine6
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology12
(F3) Physics1
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(L5) Social work3
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

46300 Workforce Size
8.92% Predicted growth 2021 - 2027
12170 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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