Orthotists and Prosthetists

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 8,330 orthotists and prosthetists employed in the United States, with an estimated 36 percent increase in the number of jobs through 2022.

Quick Facts
Duties Design and build orthotics and prosthetics for patients; work with physicians to coordinate the creation and fitting of the device
Alternate Title(s) O and P Professionals
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in major metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship; clinical experience
  • Drawing/Design
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
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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