Dental and ophthalmic laboratory technicians and medical appliance technicians construct, fit, or repair appliances and devices, including dentures, eyeglasses, and prosthetics.
- Education Requirements: technicians typically need at least a high school diploma or equivalent. There are some postsecondary programs available at community colleges or technical or vocational schools in dental laboratory technology and ophthalmic laboratory technology, but these are not common.
- Soft Skills: detail oriented, dexterity and interpersonal skills
- Average annual Salary: $34,600
- 3 in state schools: Portland Community College (Portland, OR), Institute of Technology (Salem, OR), Altierus Career College (Portland, OR)
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