Orthotic and Prosthetic Technicians

Employment for orthotic and prosthetic technicians is expected to grow at a rate that is about as fast as the average through 2018. The need for technicians is driven by such circumstances as the rapid growth of the health care industry, increasing access to medical and rehabilitation care through private and public insurance programs, improving technologies, and our country's aging population. According to a study prepared for National Commission on Prosthetic Education, by 2015, the aging baby boomer population will largely increase the demand for both orthotists and prosthetists. By 2020, the number of people who have an amputation and are in need of prostheses will increase by 47 percent.

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