Also known as Certified Orthotist (CO), Certified Pedorthist, Certified Prosthetist (CP), Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist (CPO), Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO), Licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist (LPO), Orthotic Practitioner, Orthotist, Prosthetic Practitioner, Prosthetist
Also known as Certified Orthotist (CO), Certified Pedorthist, Certified Prosthetist (CP)
Prosthetists design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.
Prosthetists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Prosthetists. More generally, Prosthetists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Prosthetist is $70,190, and the average salary is $74,120. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Prosthetist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Prosthetists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Prosthetists earn less than $41,790 per year, 25% earn less than $53,770, 75% earn less than $89,240, and 90% earn less than $110,130.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Prosthetists is expected to change by 18.8%, and there should be roughly 1,000 open positions for Prosthetists 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 Prosthetist are usually higher in their Social, Realistic, and Investigative interests.
Prosthetists typically have very strong Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Also, Prosthetists typically have 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.
Lastly, Prosthetists 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.
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 Prosthetist tend to value Independence, Relationships, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Prosthetists very strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Prosthetists very 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.
Lastly, Prosthetists strongly 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 Prosthetists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as integrity, concern for others, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Prosthetists, ranked by importance:
Many Prosthetists have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Prosthetists may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Prosthetists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, design, or production and processing knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Prosthetists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Prosthetists 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, Prosthetists need abilities such as written comprehension, oral comprehension, and near vision in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Prosthetists, 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.
Prosthetists frequently use skills like reading comprehension, writing, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Prosthetists, ranked by their relative importance.
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