Orthotist and Prosthetist

What Does An Orthotist and Prosthetist Do?

Orthotists and prosthetists design and create medical supportive devices such as braces and artificial limbs. They may first visit with the patient to take appropriate measurements. After creating the device, they assist the patient with the fitting and advise them about how to use and maintain this equipment.

How Do I Become An Orthotist and Prosthetist?

A master’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics is required for this position. A master’s degree typically takes about two years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor’s degree. Students can generally earn a bachelor’s degree in any field as long as they have taken prerequisite courses in science and math.

What is the Average Salary For An Orthotist and Prosthetist?

High – 105,000
Median – 66,000
Low – 36,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become An Orthotist and Prosthetist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Anatomy

What Is The Work Environment For An Orthotist and Prosthetist?

Typically, orthotists and prosthetists work in medical equipment and supply manufacturing companies, personal care stores, and hospitals.

What Is The Future Outlook For An Orthotist and Prosthetist?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degree Should I Consider If I Want To Be An Orthotist and Prosthetist?