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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Occupational Tasks ·  Examine, interview, and measure patients in order 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.
· Design orthopedic and prosthetic devices, based on physicians' prescriptions, and examination and measurement of patients.
· Maintain patients' records.
· Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prostheses or orthoses, for use in the device construction process.
· Select materials and components to be used, based on device design.
· Confer with physicians in order to formulate specifications and prescriptions for orthopedic and/or prosthetic devices.
· Repair, rebuild, and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
· Construct and fabricate appliances or supervise others who are constructing the appliances.
· Train and supervise orthopedic and prosthetic assistants and technicians, and other support staff.
· Update skills and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars.
· Show and explain orthopedic and prosthetic appliances to healthcare workers.
· Research new ways to construct and use orthopedic and prosthetic devices.

Educational Requirements: ·  Bachelor's degree

Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Active Listening 87%
·  Speaking 86%
·  Critical Thinking 85%
·  Technology Design 83%
·  Equipment Selection 81%
·  Service Orientation 81%
·  Judgment and Decision Making 80%
·  Time Management 79%
·  Complex Problem Solving 79%
·  Active Learning 79%