Orthotists and Prosthetists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+16.9% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Orthotists and Prosthetists Do

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

Other Job Titles Orthotists and Prosthetists May Have

Certified Orthotist (CO), Certified Pedorthist, Certified Prosthetist (CP), Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO), Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist (CPO), Licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist (LPO), Orthotic Practitioner, Orthotist, Prosthetic Practitioner, Prosthetist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Owner/CTO (Certified Technician of Orthotics) ,

Victor Technologies, LLC

We receive casts from practitioners of patients. We seal and fill them with plaster to create positive models of residual limbs (prosthetics); or existing limbs (orthotics). We correct the molds per medical instructions, and then construct the main part of the devices by using thermo formable plastics or laminates like carbon fiber or fiberglass. We install components like knee or ankle joints, pads, and straps. The devices are aligned and calibrated depending on the condition of the patient.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Maintain patients' records.
  • Fit, test, and evaluate devices on patients, and make adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort.
  • Examine, interview, and measure patients to determine their appliance needs and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit.
  • 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.

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