|Quick Facts: Orthotists and Prosthetists|
|2010 Median Pay||
$65,060 per year
$31.28 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Master’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||6,300|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||12% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||800|
Orthotists and prosthetists, also called O&P professionals, design medical support 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.
Most orthotists and prosthetists work in offices that allow them to interact with patients and to design orthotic and prosthetic devices.
Orthotists and prosthetists need at least a master’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics and certification before entering the field. Both orthotists and prosthetists must complete a 1-year residency before they can be certified.
The median annual wage of orthotists and prosthetists was $65,060 in May 2010.
Employment of orthotists and prosthetists is expected to grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The aging baby-boom population will create a need for prosthetists because the two leading causes of limb loss, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, occur more frequently as people age. The demand for orthotic devices, such as braces and orthopedic footwear, will likely increase because older people tend to need these support devices.
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