Orthoptist and Prosthetist Job Description and Salary Information

Orthotics and Prosthetics is best known as a job that evaluates, fabricates and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces.  Therefore, this kind of health job will require you to take a special education in designing and fitting orthopedic braces such as surgical supports and corrective shoes. Both an orthoptist and a prosthetist are similar and a patient may need both of them. The work of orthopedic and prosthetic, such as prosthetic hands, arms, and legs will be used to help amputees or people who were born disable. If you are interested to become an orthotic and prosthetic, you can read more about it below.

Job Descriptions
The main job for orthotics and prosthetics has been stated above. Despite its main job, there are many more job descriptions that an orthoptist and prosthetist will be responsible for, such as follow:

  • Publish research findings, and present them at conferences and seminars.
  • Findings new techniques to construct and use orthopedic and prosthetic devices.
  • Explain how the appliances work.
  • Construct and fabricate appliances or supervise others who are constructing the appliances.
  • Design orthopedic and prosthetic devices, based on physicians’ prescriptions, and examination and measurement of patients.
  • Maintain patients’ records.
  • Publish research findings, and present them at conferences and seminars.
  • Train and supervise orthopedic and prosthetic assistants and technicians, and other support staff.

Licensing and Credentialing
Besides taking bachelor’s degree in prosthetics or orthotics from an accredited school, some states will require you to have licensing requirements. Moreover, many employers prefer certified orthoptists and prosthetists.  Therefore, you need to take a specialized exam to become a Certified Orthoptist or Prosthetist.

Salary Information
Many people are wondering on how much does a prosthetist/orthoptist make? According to median annual prosthetist/orthoptist salary is $74,765. This salary will always vary depends on a variety of factors.



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