Orthopedic Cast Technician Salary
Job Description for Orthopedic Cast Technician
An orthopedic cast technician is an integral part of a team that is involved with healing bones. Casting and fixing bones is a hard procedure that is the responsibility of a trained professional, but it almost always requires assistance. As this kind of technician, you will work directly with an orthopedic surgeon or an orthopedic physician's assistant in order to help with casting procedures. You may also help with relocation and reduction of the broken bone before the casting procedure actually begins.Read More...
There are a few requirements to get a job as an orthopedic cast technician. You will need at least a high school diploma. You will also be required to be certified as an orthopedic cast technician. Finally, you will be required to complete a course in Basic Life Support from the American Heart Association, as some of the patients you will be working will be very sick. Finally, you should have some experience in the field, but it is not required.
Your hours will be varied and sometimes extend beyond normal business hours. Fractures and broken bones can occur at any hour of the day and are medical emergencies, so you may need to be on-call to assist the physician or the physician's assistant.
Orthopedic Cast Technician Tasks
- Choose type of casting material and method of casting, based on patient's lifestyle or preference.
- Monitor patients' vital statistics and inform physician of any changes while performing casting procedure.
- Assist in readjusting joint or bones in patients under direction of physician.
- Apply and remove plaster casts for use in patient traction, based on physician's instructions.
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Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Cast Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Orthopedic Cast Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $33K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. Orthopedic Cast Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Orthopedic Cast Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $46K on average.
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