Dental Ceramists

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Dental Ceramists

Dental Ceramists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, dental laboratory technicians:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of contact with other people. They talk to other workers to get what they need, but also spend time alone creating devices.
  • Communicate mostly by in-person, face-to-face discussion. They also talk to others by telephone, but less often.
  • Work as part of a larger dental group or team.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors. Their work spaces are usually clean, well lit, and have good air flow.
  • Occasionally wear safety goggles or gloves, depending on what machines they are operating.
  • Are exposed to contaminants on a daily basis. They work with a variety of substances and chemicals.
  • Are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting on a weekly basis. Some of the machines they use can be quite loud.
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  • Are exposed to hazardous conditions, equipment, and situations in which they might experience very minor cuts or stings.
  • Are occasionally exposed to diseases and infections, especially when coming into contact with patients. They often wear gloves and masks to protect themselves.
  • Work near others, usually with a few feet.

Work Performance

  • Must make sure that all details of the job are performed and follow dentists' directions accurately. Errors could cause serious problems or pain for patients.
  • Repeat the same physical activities throughout the day.
  • Make decisions on a weekly basis that strongly impact their company and coworkers. They rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
  • Set nearly all of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
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  • Must meet strict daily deadlines. This may make the work atmosphere feel competitive.


  • May work full time or part time. Most work full time.
  • May work more than 40 hours per week if self-employed.
  • Generally work a set schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.