Orthotists and Prosthetists

General Information

Description

Design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit66.37%
  2. Private, not for profit20.07%
  3. State and local government7.18%
  4. Federal government3.33%
  5. Self-employed2.99%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Offices of Other Health Practitioners

Job Outlook

Employment of orthotists and prosthetists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 1,700 new jobs over the 10-year period. The large baby-boom population is aging, and orthotists and prosthetists will be needed because both diabetes and cardiovascular disease, two leading causes of limb loss, are more common among older people. In addition, older people will continue to need other devices designed and fitted by orthotists and prosthetists, such as braces and orthopedic footwear. Advances in technology are allowing more people to survive traumatic events. Patients with traumatic injuries, such as some veterans, will continue to need orthotists and prosthetists to create devices that allow the patients to regain or improve mobility and functionality.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$68,440

State-by-state Salary

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$84,260
$40,220
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post baccalaureate 42%
  • Bachelor's degree 30%
  • Master's degree 21%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • First professional degree 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Mechanical
  • Production and Processing
  • Engineering and Technology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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