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How to become a Laboratory Technician
A Laboratory Technician is responsible for performing a series of tasks delegated by a medical professional. There are a wide variety of jobs in this field that include positions in the dental, medical, and ophthalmic industries.
Becoming a Laboratory Technician may or may not require a college degree. High school graduates may opt to learn their trade on the job and supplement the work with various forms of education, from seminars to a more formal course of study. Some employers do require a college degree or some level of formal training, depending on the duties associated with the position.
Regardless of the choice of education, prospective ,b>Laboratory Technicians should have strong math and communication skills. If one chooses to work in the dental industry, metal working is also a required skill.
Formal training and certification programs are available and vary widely depending on the discipline.
Laboratory Technicians in the dental industry may choose to become certified by The National Board for Certification, an independent board overseen by the National Association of Dental Laboratories. Certificates may be issued for five different specialty areas including: partial dentures, complete dentures, crowns and bridges, ceramics, and orthodontic appliances.
Certification for Dental Laboratory Technicians is voluntary in all but three states.
Certification is also voluntary for orthotic and prosthetic Laboratory Technicians. Certification is granted through the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC). Applicants are eligible for certification after completing a program at an accredited institution or after gaining 2 years of professional work experience as a subordinate to an ABC-certified practitioner. Certifications include one of the following credentials: Registered Prosthetic Technician, Registered Orthotic Technician, or Registered Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician.
What does a Laboratory Technician do?
On a broad scale, a Laboratory Technician performs a variety of tasks delegated by a superior medical professional. There are many different areas of work, including dental, medical, and ophthalmic industries.
In private or small laboratories, Laboratory Technicians often oversee every phase of an operation. Larger facilities may utilize automated procedures, in which case the Laboratory Technicians must operate computerized machinery. Laboratory Technicians are also responsible for inspecting the finished product for accuracy and quality.
A large portion of Laboratory Technicians involved in the medical profession specializes in Orthotics and Prosthetics. Professionals in this field are also referred to as Medical Appliance Technicians (MAT). MATs are responsible for constructing, fitting, providing maintenance and repairing arch supports, braces, artificial limbs, hearing aids, and other medical and surgical appl...