Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.
Common job titles of Orthotists and Prosthetists include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
42.42% said they needed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.
30.3% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Maintain patients' records.
Fit, test, and evaluate devices on patients, and make adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort.
Train and supervise support staff, such as orthopedic and prosthetic assistants and technicians.
Construct and fabricate appliances or supervise others constructing the appliances.
Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prostheses or orthoses, for use in the device construction process.
Design orthopedic and prosthetic devices, based on physicians' prescriptions and examination and measurement of patients.
Select materials and components to be used, based on device design.
Instruct patients in the use and care of orthoses and prostheses.
Examine, interview, and measure patients to determine their appliance needs and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit.
Repair, rebuild, and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
Confer with physicians to formulate specifications and prescriptions for orthopedic or prosthetic devices.
Research new ways to construct and use orthopedic and prosthetic devices.
Show and explain orthopedic and prosthetic appliances to healthcare workers.
Update skills and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars.
Publish research findings or present them at conferences and seminars.
Workshop heat guns
Workshop bench vises
Vertical transfer jigs
Variable speed routers
Vacuum pressesAll Tools
Vacuum molding systems
Single-cut mill saw files
Revolving punch pliers
Personal digital assistants PDA
Medical measuring tapes
Medical examination protective gloves
Laboratory air circulating ovens
Infrared laboratory ovens
Industrial sewing machines
Digital video cameras
Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS
Infinity CAD Systems AutoSculpt
Ohio Willow Wood OMEGA Tracer System
Polhemus FastSCANAll Technologies
Seattle Systems Shapemaker
Vorum Research Corporation CANFIT-PLUS
American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association CodingPro
Artsco OrthoPro Complete
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Computer graphics software
Futura International O.P.S.
Gait analysis software
Gez Bowman THE O&P HUB
OPIE Practice Management Suite
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Teaching others how to do something.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization
Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility