How to become a Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician

Prosthetic/orthotic technicians: use tools, machinery, plastic and metal to make and repair prostheses and orthoses assist professional prosthetists/orthotists.

Personal requirements of a Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician

  • aptitude for technical activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good communication skills
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to work accurately with strong attention to detail.

Education & Training for a Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician

To become a prosthetic/orthotic technician you usually have to complete a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician

Prosthetic/orthotic technicians:

  • use tools, machinery, plastic and metal to make and repair prostheses and orthoses
  • assist professional prosthetists/orthotists.

Working conditions for a Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician

Prosthetic/orthotic technicians work in a workshop under the guidance of, and with instruction from, professional prosthetists/orthotists. They are not normally engaged in direct client treatment.

Employment Opportunities for a Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician

Prosthetic/orthotic technicians work in major teaching hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and in private practice. Job opportunities depend on the need for prostheses and orthoses, often resulting from amputations (as a result of cancer, accidents, burns, diabetes and other causes), as well as advances in technology and the manufacture of prostheses and orthoses, using new materials and electronics.

Avg. weekly wage:

$900

Future growth:

Stable

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.1%

NSW NSW 28.5%

NT NT 0.6%

QLD QLD 13.2%

SA SA 7.9%

TAS TAS 1.3%

VIC VIC 35.6%

WA WA 11.7%

Hours worked:

33.2

Unemployment:

Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 26%

Female 74%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 8.9%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 21.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 39.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 11.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 13.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 5%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.8%

20-24 - 9.7%

25-34 - 24.7%

35-44 - 21.1%

45-54 - 27.1%

55-59 - 8.3%

60-64 - 4.6%

65 and Over - 3.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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