Medical and dental technicians


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Unemployment Rate

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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.


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.

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.

Common job titles

Technician, clinical
Ceramist, dental
Technician, audiologist
Technician, orthopaedic
Technician, ECG
Fitter, appliance, surgical
Hygienist, dental
Technician, trauma
Technician, pathology
Technician, support, clinical
Fitter, dental
Coordinator, implantology
Foreman (denture mfr)
Technician, maxillo-facial
Technician, surgical
Therapist, dental
Technician, limb, artificial
Therapist, hearing
Technician, theatre, operating
Engineer, dental
Practitioner, assistant
Officer, technical
Physiologist, gastroenterology
Recordist, electroencephalographic
Technician, cardiological
Technician, dental, equine
Technician (dental practice)
Technician, physics, medical
Practitioner, assistant, radiography
Technician, support, life (hospital service)
Fitter, limb
Technician, theatre, hospital
Engineer, medical
Mechanic, dentist's
Consultant, aid, hearing
Mechanic, dental
Technician, cardiac
Technician, orthotic
Technician, plaster (hospital service)
Technician, prosthetic
Physiologist, respiratory
Educator, health, dental
Officer, appliance
Technician, orthodontic
Technician, pathology, anatomical
Curator, instrument
Officer, technical, medical
Technician, medical
Technician, EEG
Technician, hospital
Technician, dental
Radiographer, dental
Technician, gastroenterology
Dentist, equine
Screener, hearing, newborn
Technologist, dental
Hygienist, oral
Technician, cephalographic
Maker, denture
Physiologist, cardiac

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.