Orthotists and Prosthetists


Assist patients with disabling conditions of limbs and spine or with partial or total absence of limb by fitting and preparing orthopedic braces or prostheses.


2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 140 21.70 14.13 25.48 45,130 29,390 53,000
St Louis MSA 30 19.92 12.22 23.77 41,430 25,420 49,440
Kansas City* 100 21.38 13.77 25.19 44,481 28,652 52,395

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 90 100 10 11.11 3 Caution
Kansas City MSA 80 80 .00 3 Caution

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This profession generally requires Bachelor's degree in one of the following
Orthotist/Prosthetist