Orthotists or Prosthetists design, build, fit and repair splints, braces, callipers, artificial limbs and related appliances to restore function or compensate for muscular and skeletal disabilities.

    A university degree in applied science or health science majoring in prosthetics and orthotics is needed to work as an Orthotist or Prosthetist. Some Orthotists and Prosthetists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Examines the patient and takes the necessary measurements to create an artificial limb, brace, splint or other related appliance.
    • Reads prescriptions for limbs and other related devices.
    • Makes a plaster cast of the limb or abnormality.
    • Designs limbs or related appliances.
    • Makes the device or limb and supervises its construction or selects a commercially-made product and adjusts it to fit the patient.
    • Fits the device or limb to the patient.
    • Instructs the patient on the use and care of the device or limb.
    • Carries out repairs and follow-ups with the patient to evaluate the effectiveness of an artificial limb or device.

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    • $1,876 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Orthotists and Prosthetists

    • 410 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 43% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Orthotists and Prosthetists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 400 in 2011 to 410 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Orthotists and Prosthetists work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Manufacturing; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 43% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance79.1
    Manufacturing15.2
    Public Administration and Safety2.3
    Wholesale Trade1.8
    Other Industries1.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOrthotists and ProsthetistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW21.431.6
    VIC40.525.6
    QLD17.220.0
    SA8.77.0
    WA7.510.8
    TAS2.92.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT1.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOrthotists and ProsthetistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-246.4-9.39.3
    25-3434.1-22.922.9
    35-4423.6-22.022.0
    45-5416.0-21.621.6
    55-5912.2-9.09.0
    60-643.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationOrthotists and ProsthetistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate27.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree53.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV3.4-21.121.1
    Year 122.6-18.118.1
    Year 111.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.6-12.512.5

    A university degree in applied science or health science majoring in prosthetics and orthotics is needed to work as an Orthotist or Prosthetist. Some Orthotists and Prosthetists complete postgraduate studies.

    Membership with the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) may be useful.

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    Employers look for Other Health Diagnostic & Promotion Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

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    1. Customer and Personal Service

      75% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Psychology

      65% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    3. Mechanical

      63% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    4. Production and Processing

      62% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    5. Engineering and Technology

      62% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      100% Important

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    2. Telephone

      96% Important

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    3. Frequency of Decision Making

      95% Important

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    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      95% Important

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    5. Contact With Others

      92% Important

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