Orthotists and Prosthetists

Job Description

Orthotists and prosthetists make and fit devices that help people move. A certified prosthetists makes and fits devices that replace the arms or legs of patients who lost them through injury or disease. A certified orthotists designs and fits braces like surgical supports and corrective shoes. Both may use computers to create the devices and tools, like hammers, drills and saws, to manufacture prosthetics.

Academic Requirements

This career requires a master’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics, which includes a combination of classroom and clinical training. These programs don’t usually require a specific undergraduate major but they may require completion of math and science classes.

Orthotists and Prosthetists
$60-100
Thousand
Average
Salary
High
Patient
Interaction
23%
Job
Growth
 
Low
Blood
Interaction
Master's Degree
Education
Required

Schools

University of Missouri – St. Louis

8001 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, 63121

National American University – Weldon Spring

1030 Wolfrum Road
Weldon Spring, 63304
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