Orthotists and Prosthetists
SOC: 29-2091.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
8,300 employed

Projected (2024):
10,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • American Board Certified Orthotist (ABC Orthotist)
  • Artificial Limb Fitter
  • Board Certified and Licensed Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Certified Orthotic Fitter
  • Certified Orthotist (CO)
  • Certified Orthotist, Practice Manager
  • Certified Orthotist/Pedorthist
  • Certified Orthotist/Practitioner Manager
  • Certified Prosthetist (CP)
  • Certified Prosthetist, Certified Pedorthist
  • Certified Prosthetist, Licensed Orthotist
  • Certified Prosthetist, Vice President
  • Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO)
  • Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist CPO and Area Practice Manager APM
  • Licensed Certified Orthotist
  • Licensed Prosthetist
  • Licensed Prosthetist/Orthotist (LPO)
  • Orthopedic Assistant
  • Orthopedic Mechanic
  • Orthotic/Prosthetic Clinician
  • Orthotic/Prosthetic Practitioner
  • Orthotics Assistant
  • Orthotist
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Pedorthist
  • Prosthetics Assistant
  • Prosthetist
  • Upper Extremity Prosthetics Clinical Director


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Examine, interview, and measure patients to determine their appliance needs and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit.
  • Fit, test, and evaluate devices on patients, and make adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort.
  • Instruct patients in the use and care of orthoses and prostheses.
  • Design orthopedic and prosthetic devices, based on physicians' prescriptions and examination and measurement of patients.
  • Maintain patients' records.
  • Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prostheses or orthoses, for use in the device construction process.
  • Select materials and components to be used, based on device design.
  • Confer with physicians to formulate specifications and prescriptions for orthopedic or prosthetic devices.
  • Repair, rebuild, and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
  • Construct and fabricate appliances or supervise others constructing the appliances.
  • Train and supervise support staff, such as orthopedic and prosthetic assistants and technicians.
  • Update skills and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars.
  • Show and explain orthopedic and prosthetic appliances to healthcare workers.
  • Research new ways to construct and use orthopedic and prosthetic devices.
  • Publish research findings or present them at conferences and seminars.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Allen wrenches
  • Anvils
  • Belt sanders
  • Bending irons
  • Cast cutters
  • Cast spreaders
  • Circular saws
  • Claw hammers
  • Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
  • Deburring tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital protractors
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digitizers
  • Dust masks
  • Electromyographs EMG
  • Force platforms
  • Goniometers
  • Grinding machines
  • Half-round files
  • Hand rasps
  • Holding tongs
  • Industrial sewing machines
  • Infrared laboratory ovens
  • Laboratory air circulating ovens
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser levels
  • Laser scanners
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical measuring tapes
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pipe clamps
  • Power buffers
  • Power drills
  • Power planers
  • Power sanders
  • Precision rulers
  • Pressure transducers
  • Revolving punch pliers
  • Safety goggles
  • Scarpas knives
  • Shears
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Surgical masks
  • Tablet computers
  • Trautman routers
  • Tube cutters
  • Tube reamers
  • Utility knives
  • Vacuum molding systems
  • Vacuum presses
  • Variable speed routers
  • Vertical transfer jigs
  • Welders
  • Workshop bench vises
  • Workshop heat guns
  • Workshop lathes
  • Alibre Design
  • American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association CodingPro
  • Artsco OrthoPro Complete
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Computer graphics software
  • Email software
  • Futura International O.P.S.
  • Gait analysis software
  • Gez Bowman THE O&P HUB
  • Infinity CAD Systems AutoSculpt
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • MedePresence
  • MedEvolve eCeno
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Ohio Willow Wood OMEGA Tracer System
  • OPIE Practice Management Suite
  • Polhemus FastSCAN
  • Seattle Systems Shapemaker
  • Vorum Research Corporation CANFIT-PLUS
  • Web browser software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800