|Quick Facts: Orthotists and Prosthetists|
$75,440 per year
$36.27 per hour
|17% (Much faster than average)|
What Orthotists and Prosthetists Do
Orthotists and prosthetists design and fabricate medical supportive devices and measure and fit patients for them.
Orthotists and prosthetists work in various industries, including manufacturing, health and personal care stores, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. Most work full time.
How to Become an Orthotist and Prosthetist
Orthotists and prosthetists typically need a master’s degree and certification to enter the occupation. Both orthotists and prosthetists must complete a residency before they can be certified.
The median annual wage for orthotists and prosthetists was $75,440 in May 2021.
Employment of orthotists and prosthetists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 1,000 openings for orthotists and prosthetists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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