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:

$1,159

Future growth:

Stable

Employment by state:

ACT 1.4%

NSW 30.2%

NT 0.6%

QLD 19.7%

SA 7.6%

TAS 2%

VIC 26.5%

WA 11.9%

Hours worked:

41

Unemployment:

Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 21%

Female 79%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 8.9%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 13.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 29.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 18.2%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 23.2%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 6.2%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

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

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