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Orthotist and Prosthetist
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesAssist patients with disabling conditions of limbs and spine or with partial or total absence of limb by fitting and preparing orthopedic braces or prostheses.

OutlookAverage job growth

Median Income$62,600 per year in 2008

Work Context & ConditionsWork in a variety of settings: orthotic and prosthetic private offices, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, specialty clinics and home health, and nursing homes. Requires frequent contact with other people. Must be highly accurately and thorough. Requires the use of hands to handle, control, and feel objects, tools, or controls.

Minimum Education RequirementsBachelor's Degree

SkillsInstructing, Active Listening, Equipment Selection, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Technology Design

AbilitiesOral Expression, Visualization, Manual Dexterity, Written Comprehension, Speech Clarity, Written Expression, Oral Comprehension

InterviewsJoseph Miller
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