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



No occupational data found for selected occupation.


No licensing information found for selected occupation.


Occupational Tasks ·  Examine, interview, and measure patients in order to determine their appliance needs, and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit.
· Fit, test, and evaluate devices on patients, and make adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort.
· 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.
· Maintain patients' records.
· Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prostheses or orthoses, for use in the device construction process.
· Select materials and components to be used, based on device design.
· Confer with physicians in order to formulate specifications and prescriptions for orthopedic and/or prosthetic devices.
· Repair, rebuild, and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
· Construct and fabricate appliances or supervise others who are constructing the appliances.
· Train and supervise orthopedic and prosthetic assistants and technicians, and other support staff.
· Update skills and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars.
· Show and explain orthopedic and prosthetic appliances to healthcare workers.
· Research new ways to construct and use orthopedic and prosthetic devices.


Educational Requirements: ·  Bachelor's degree


Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Active Listening 87%
·  Speaking 86%
·  Critical Thinking 85%
·  Technology Design 83%
·  Equipment Selection 81%
·  Service Orientation 81%
·  Judgment and Decision Making 80%
·  Time Management 79%
·  Complex Problem Solving 79%
·  Active Learning 79%