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    Top 10 worst states to be a lab technician

    Looking for a new job? Itching for a move? You might want to avoid these states.

    Americans take a lot of pride in the state they call home. Maybe your state is home to Abraham Lincoln (Illinois), maybe your state is home to the first man who walked on the moon (Ohio), or maybe your state is home to the country’s largest pumpkin (Washington). For whatever reason, we embrace the best that our states have to offer.

    On the other hand, there are some states that are not ideal for everything. For example, dental lab technicians may have a tougher go at it in some states as opposed to others.

    Worst states to be lab technicianWe compiled data from personal finance website WalletHub (giving us dental health rankings); US News and World Report (who contracted researchers McKinsey & Company to evaluate the states for such metrics as health care, finance, and crime rates); and the government’s Occupational Employment and Statistics program (to find out employment data specific to dental lab techs).

    We ranked each of 11 metrics for each state on a scale from 1 to 50. The best state got a one, the worst got a 50. We then compiled those numbers — the best states got the lowest total; the worst (again, here we are) got the highest numbers.

    It’s important to realize that not one single dataset should define a state as the best or worst. For instance, if we ranked them solely on highest wage, Alaska would be in the top of the pack, yet other factors placed it squarely on this list. There are other considerations impacting quality of life, including crime, stress levels, and education.

    The metrics that we used are:

    • Employment (the number of techs in the state)
    • Mean annual wage
    • Location quotient (which is a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular occupation in a region is as compared to the nation.)
    • Health care
    • Education
    • Crime
    • Affordability
    • Stress
    • Dental habits
    • Insurance coverage
    • Oral health

    And with that, here is our ranking for the worst states for dental lab technicians.

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    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...


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