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Medical and Dental: Career and Education Opportunities in Iowa

Medical and Dental: Medical and Dental production workers work behind the scenes of our health care industries. Working as technicians who cast the molds for lenses and dental appliances as well as medical devices, they produce the products that are part of our medical and dental treatment.

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Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.


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Dental Laboratory Technician

Dental Laboratory Technicians construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances. Dental Laboratory Technicians need to determine which tools and techniques should be applied to solve a problem or deal with a situation. They also need to actively seek out need information and learn from it.