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Orthotists and Prosthetists

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Rehabilitation

Prosthetists and Orthotists provide care for anyone requiring an artificial limb (prosthesis) or a device to support or control part of the body (orthosis). They will also advise on rehabilitation.

provide a range of splints, braces and special footwear to aid movement, correct deformity and relieve discomfort.

provide the best possible artificial replacement for patients who have lost or were born without a limb. A prosthetic limb should feel and look like a natural limb.

Work Settings

Orthotists work in private clinics and device manufacturing companies, hospital rehabilitation departments and government agencies, and ambulatory care services and special treatment facilities (e.g. arthritis centers). Some orthotists set up their own companies and work independently.


Orthotists are required to take a two-year college program in prosthetics and orthotics technology followed by two years of supervised practical training.

Job Outlook

The career outlook for Prosthetists and Orthotists is excellent.


The median expected salary for a typical Prosthestist/Orthotist is $57,455.

Work Schedule

Usually, they work a standard five-day workweek, but some weekend work may be required for emergency cases.

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