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Orthotists and Prosthetists

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • 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).

    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.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 62940/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 30.26/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 460
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Vacuum molding machines
    • Utility knives
    • Scanners
    • Power routers
    • Cast cutters or saws

    Technology

    • Medical software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Accounting software

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