2017 Orthotists and Prosthetists
Median Pay: US$64,430
Entry Level: Master's degree
Orthotists and prosthetists design and fabricate medical supportive devices and measure and fit patients for them. These devices include artificial limbs (arms, hands, legs, and feet), braces, and other medical or surgical devices.

Orthotists and prosthetists typically do the following:

  • Evaluate and interview patients to determine their needs
  • Take measurements or impressions of the part of a patient's body that will be fitted with a brace or artificial limb
  • Design and fabricate orthopedic and prosthetic devices based on physicians' prescriptions
  • Select materials to be used for the orthotic or prosthetic device
  • Instruct patients in how to use and care for their devices
  • Adjust, repair, or replace prosthetic and orthotic devices
  • Document care in patients' records

Orthotists and prosthetists may work in both orthotics and prosthetics, or they may choose to specialize in one area. Orthotists are specifically trained to work with medical supportive devices, such as spinal or knee braces. Prosthetists are specifically trained to work with prostheses, such as artificial limbs and other body parts.

Some orthotists and prosthetists construct devices for their patients. Others supervise the construction of the orthotic or prosthetic devices by medical appliance technicians.

Supervisory Orthotist/Prosthetist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The duties for this position include but are not limited to the following:Planning, developing, and directing an Orthotic-Prosthetic Laboratory and related Clinical Activities at the national, VISN or local level;Develops short & long-range plans/goals for the lab in accordance with local, VISN...
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Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
This position is located in the Orthotic/Prosthetic Laboratory Section of Prosthetics Service, VA Alexandria Health Care System. The incumbent provides appropriate orthotic and/or prosthetic devices and treatment by assisting the practitioner with the following:Performs a comprehensive assessment...
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