Medical and Dental Technicians

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.


New workers

New workers start around £14,958. Normal pay is £25,773 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £38,168.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 44,560 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Takes samples for clinical examination.

  • Performs related medical tasks including treating hair and scalp disorders and conducting tests on glaucoma patients.

  • Measures patients for, and fits them with, surgical appliances, hearing aids and artificial limbs.

  • Makes dentures, crowns, bridges, orthodontic and other dental appliances according to individual patient requirements.

  • Undertakes scaling and polishing of teeth, applies medicaments, carries out post-operative hygiene work and advises on preventative dentistry.

  • Operates equipment to diagnose and record or treat hearing, heart, brain, lung and kidney ailments.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Radiography

  • Medical Ultrasonography

  • Radiology

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • Auditing

  • Clinical Governance

  • Nursing

  • Mammography

  • Gynecology

  • Risk Analysis

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Customer Service

  • Teaching

  • Leadership

  • Research

  • Detail Oriented

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Planning

  • English Language

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.