Orthotists and Prosthetists

Orthotist Adjust Patient's Prosthetic

Orthotists design and make braces, shoe inserts, and other corrective devices to support the spine or limbs weakened by illness or injury. Prosthetists design, make, and fit artificial limbs for persons missing an arm, leg, or other body part as a result of injury, surgery, or illness. There are approximately 7,100 orthotists and prosthetists employed in the United States, with an estimated 23 percent increase in the number of jobs through 2024.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) O and P Professionals
Duties Design and build orthotics and prosthetics for patients; work with physicians to coordinate the creation and fitting of the device
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship; clinical experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Drawing/Design
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief, Orthotic and Prosthetic Services
  • Supervisor of Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Orthotist or Prosthetist
  • Certified Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistant
  • Certified Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician

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