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Orthotists and Prosthetists

ANZSCO ID 251912

Overview

All Other Health Diagnostic & Promotion Professionals

  • $1,876 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

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

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.

You need a university degree in applied science or health science majoring in prosthetics and orthotics to work as an Orthotist or Prosthetist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

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.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a university degree in applied science or health science majoring in prosthetics and orthotics to work as an Orthotist or Prosthetist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  6. Medicine and dentistry

    60% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  7. Sales and marketing

    59% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  8. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Education and training

    58% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  10. English language

    55% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Technical design

    55% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  12. Mathematics

    53% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  13. Clerical

    53% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  14. Therapy and counselling

    52% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  15. Computers and electronics

    52% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  16. Chemistry

    51% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  17. Personnel and human resources

    51% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  18. Physics

    48% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  19. Biology

    42% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  20. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Active learning

    59% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  4. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Complex problem solving

    55% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Social perceptiveness

    55% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Serving others

    52% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  10. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Operations analysis

    52% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  12. Learning strategies

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  14. Coordination with others

    50% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Instructing

    50% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Persuasion

    46% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  18. Time management

    46% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Operation monitoring

    37% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    66% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written expression

    63% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  4. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  7. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Visualization

    57% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  10. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  11. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  14. Finger dexterity

    50% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Originality

    50% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  16. Brainstorming

    48% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  17. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  19. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  20. Multilimb coordination

    41% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Helping and caring for others

    77% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    77% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Building good relationships

    73% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Researching and investigating

    71% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Thinking creatively

    70% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    70% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  8. Working with the public

    69% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  9. Communicating with the public

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Communicating within a team

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  11. Monitoring people, processes and things

    65% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    64% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  14. Collecting and organising information

    61% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    58% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  17. Checking for errors or defects

    58% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  18. Coordinating the work of a team

    58% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    57% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  20. Working with computers

    46% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2091.00 - Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    100% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Frequent decision making

    95% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Contact with people

    92% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  6. Dangerous equipment

    92% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  7. Electronic mail

    92% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  8. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    91% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  9. Physically close to people

    91% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  10. Exposure to contaminants

    90% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Time pressure

    90% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    89% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Impact of decisions

    89% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Teamwork

    88% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  16. Contact with the public

    88% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  17. Unstructured work

    84% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  18. Disease or infection

    83% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  19. Letters and memos

    83% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  20. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    82% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    86% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Relationships

    86% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    81% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    100% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Practical

    71% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Analytical

    67% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Creative

    33% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Administrative

    29% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2091.00 - Orthotists and Prosthetists.

All Other Health Diagnostic & Promotion Professionals

  • $1,876 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

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

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.

You need a university degree in applied science or health science majoring in prosthetics and orthotics to work as an Orthotist or Prosthetist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

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.

You need a university degree in applied science or health science majoring in prosthetics and orthotics to work as an Orthotist or Prosthetist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  6. Medicine and dentistry

    60% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  7. Sales and marketing

    59% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  8. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Education and training

    58% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  10. English language

    55% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Technical design

    55% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  12. Mathematics

    53% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  13. Clerical

    53% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  14. Therapy and counselling

    52% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  15. Computers and electronics

    52% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  16. Chemistry

    51% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  17. Personnel and human resources

    51% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  18. Physics

    48% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  19. Biology

    42% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  20. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Active learning

    59% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  4. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Complex problem solving

    55% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Social perceptiveness

    55% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Serving others

    52% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  10. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Operations analysis

    52% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  12. Learning strategies

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  14. Coordination with others

    50% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Instructing

    50% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Persuasion

    46% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  18. Time management

    46% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Operation monitoring

    37% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    66% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written expression

    63% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  4. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  7. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Visualization

    57% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  10. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  11. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  14. Finger dexterity

    50% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Originality

    50% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  16. Brainstorming

    48% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  17. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  19. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  20. Multilimb coordination

    41% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Helping and caring for others

    77% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    77% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Building good relationships

    73% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Researching and investigating

    71% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Thinking creatively

    70% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    70% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  8. Working with the public

    69% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  9. Communicating with the public

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Communicating within a team

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  11. Monitoring people, processes and things

    65% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    64% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  14. Collecting and organising information

    61% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    58% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  17. Checking for errors or defects

    58% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  18. Coordinating the work of a team

    58% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    57% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  20. Working with computers

    46% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2091.00 - Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    100% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Frequent decision making

    95% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Contact with people

    92% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  6. Dangerous equipment

    92% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  7. Electronic mail

    92% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  8. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    91% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  9. Physically close to people

    91% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  10. Exposure to contaminants

    90% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Time pressure

    90% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    89% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Impact of decisions

    89% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Teamwork

    88% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  16. Contact with the public

    88% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  17. Unstructured work

    84% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  18. Disease or infection

    83% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  19. Letters and memos

    83% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  20. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    82% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    86% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Relationships

    86% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    81% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    100% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Practical

    71% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Analytical

    67% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Creative

    33% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Administrative

    29% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2091.00 - Orthotists and Prosthetists.
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