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Orthotists and Prosthetists
SOC Code: 29-2091.00

Design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.

Sample of reported job titles: American Board Certified Orthotist (ABC Orthotist), Certified Orthotist (CO), Certified Prosthetist (CP), Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO), Licensed Prosthetist/Orthotist (LPO), Orthotic/Prosthetic Practitioner, Orthotist, Orthotist/Prosthetist, Pedorthist, Prosthetist

Tasks

  • Examine, interview, and measure patients to determine their appliance needs and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit.
  • Fit, test, and evaluate devices on patients, and make adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort.
  • Instruct patients in the use and care of orthoses and prostheses.
  • Maintain patients' records.
  • Select materials and components to be used, based on device design.
  • Design orthopedic and prosthetic devices, based on physicians' prescriptions and examination and measurement of patients.
  • Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prostheses or orthoses, for use in the device construction process.
  • Confer with physicians to formulate specifications and prescriptions for orthopedic or prosthetic devices.
  • Construct and fabricate appliances or supervise others constructing the appliances.
  • Train and supervise support staff, such as orthopedic and prosthetic assistants and technicians.
  • Update skills and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars.
  • Repair, rebuild, and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
  • Show and explain orthopedic and prosthetic appliances to healthcare workers.
  • Research new ways to construct and use orthopedic and prosthetic devices.
  • Publish research findings or present them at conferences and seminars.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Intuit QuickBooks
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD ; Infinity CAD Systems AutoSculpt; Ohio Willow Wood OMEGA Tracer System; Polhemus FastSCAN (see all 7 examples)
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Microsoft Access
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Computer graphics software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Medical software - Artsco OrthoPro Complete; Gait analysis software; Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS ; OPIE Practice Management Suite (see all 9 examples)
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Alignment jig - Vertical transfer jigs
  • Anvils
  • Automatic lathe or chucking machine - Workshop lathes
  • Belt sander - Belt sanders
  • Bench vises - Workshop bench vises
  • Bending machines - Bending irons
  • Calipers - Digital calipers
  • Cast cutters or saws - Cast cutters; Cast spreaders
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Deburring tool - Deburring tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Digital video cameras
  • Electro pneumatic transducers - Pressure transducers
  • Electromyography EMG units or accessories - Electromyographs EMG
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Goniometers
  • Half round file - Half-round files
  • Hand reamer - Tube reamers
  • Heat guns - Workshop heat guns
  • Hex keys - Allen wrenches
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens - Laboratory air circulating ovens
  • Laboratory safety ovens - Infrared laboratory ovens
  • Levels - Laser levels
  • Masks or accessories - Dust masks
  • Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves - Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks - Surgical masks
  • Medical tape measures - Medical measuring tapes
  • Mill saw file - Single-cut mill saw files
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers - Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pipe or tube cutter - Tube cutters
  • Pipe vises - Pipe clamps
  • Power buffers
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders - Grinding machines
  • Power planes - Power planers
  • Power routers - Trautman routers; Variable speed routers
  • Power sanders
  • Power saws - Circular saws
  • Pressure indicators - Force platforms
  • Protractors - Digital protractors
  • Punching pliers - Revolving punch pliers
  • Rasps - Hand rasps
  • Rulers - Precision rulers
  • Scanners - Digitizers; Laser scanners
  • Sewing machines - Industrial sewing machines
  • Shears
  • Spot welding machine - Welders
  • Tablet computers
  • Tongs - Holding tongs
  • Traveling column milling machine - Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
  • Utility knives - Scarpas knives
  • Vacuum molding machines - Vacuum molding systems; Vacuum presses

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

Interests

  • Interest code: SRI
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 82% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 79% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 94% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 61% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Electronic Mail - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 70% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 67% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 67% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 58% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Physical Proximity - 69% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Time Pressure - 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 52% responded “Very important results.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 58% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 55% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 63% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 67% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 48% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 41% responded “Every day.”
  • Letters and Memos - 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 48% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 55% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 39% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 45% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Consequence of Error - 39% responded “Very serious.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 42% responded “Important.”
  • Level of Competition - 48% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 44% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
42%Post-baccalaureate certificate
30%Bachelor's degree
21%Master's degree

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $31.85 hourly, $66,240 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 8,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Much faster than average (15% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 700

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