Also known as Certified Pedorthotist, Hearing Aid Repair Technician, Lab Technician, Orthopedic Technician, Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician (OP Technician), Orthotic Technician, Prosthetic Technician, Prosthetics Technician, Registered Prosthetic Orthotic Technician
Also known as Certified Pedorthotist, Hearing Aid Repair Technician, Lab Technician
Medial Appliance Technicians construct, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.
Medial Appliance Technicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Medial Appliance Technicians. More generally, Medial Appliance Technicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Medial Appliance Technician is $41,750, and the average salary is $45,630. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Medial Appliance Technician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Medial Appliance Technicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Medial Appliance Technicians earn less than $27,100 per year, 25% earn less than $33,350, 75% earn less than $54,240, and 90% earn less than $69,850.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Medial Appliance Technicians is expected to change by 14.4%, and there should be roughly 2,200 open positions for Medial Appliance Technicians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Medial Appliance Technician are usually higher in their Realistic, Investigative, and Social interests.
Medial Appliance Technicians typically have very strong Realistic interests. 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.
Also, Medial Appliance Technicians typically have moderate Investigative interests. 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.
Lastly, Medial Appliance Technicians typically have moderate Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Medial Appliance Technician tend to value Relationships, Support, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Medial Appliance Technicians strongly value 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.
Second, Medial Appliance Technicians strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Medial Appliance Technicians moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Medial Appliance Technicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and concern for others.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Medial Appliance Technicians, ranked by importance:
Medial Appliance Technicians often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Medial Appliance Technicians usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Medial Appliance Technicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as production and processing, customer and personal service, or mechanical knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Medial Appliance Technicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Medial Appliance Technicians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Medial Appliance Technicians need abilities such as near vision, problem sensitivity, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Medial Appliance Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Medial Appliance Technicians frequently use skills like active listening, critical thinking, and quality control analysis to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Medial Appliance Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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