|Quick Facts: Medical Appliance Technicians|
|2010 Median Pay||
$35,670 per year
$17.15 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Long-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||14,200|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||4% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||500|
Medical appliance technicians construct, fit, and repair medical supportive devices, including prosthetic limbs, arch supports, facial parts, and foot and leg braces.
In 2010, most medical appliance technicians worked in manufacturing laboratories. Others worked in health and personal care stores.
There are no postsecondary education requirements for becoming a medical appliance technician. Many technicians learn through on-the-job training.
The median annual wage of medical appliance technicians was $35,670 in May 2010.
Employment is expected to grow 4 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. An aging baby-boomer population will create a need for technicians because diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the two leading causes of loss of limbs, are more likely to occur in older people.
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