Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician (O and P Technician) Salary
Job Description for Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician (O and P Technician)
An orthotic and prosthetic technician assists a certified orthotist or prosthetist in providing artificial limbs to clients, and may assist in carrying out fittings and answering client concerns. Customer service skills are important for this position, as direct interaction with clients occurs frequently.Read More...
The work of an OP technician generally requires playing a role in the creation, service, and repair of artificial limbs, as well as creating accessories such as braces, supports, and cosmetic items relating to prosthetics. The ability to create hand crafts involving the use of hand and power tools and attention to detail are important in order to create the highest-functioning and most comfortable fitting products. These technicians should have basic mathematical skills to carry out duties according to a client's measurements, and teamwork skills are important to communicate efficiently with others who are aiding in creating the device. However, much of the work is done independently, so a self-motivated individual is ideal for this position.
There will often be time constraints to be met, and communication regarding the progress of projects should always be quick, but efficient. The position may involve working in a noisy environment, so OP technicians should not be sensitive to loud sounds. A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement, and some positions may require experience in the field. Some employers may provide training to candidates.
Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician (O and P Technician) Tasks
- Repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic and orthotic appliances.
- Fit, test and evaluate devices on patients and make adjustments for proper fit, function and comfort.
- Repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic and orthodic appliances.
- Make orthotic and prosthetic devices by bending, forming and shaping materials to prescribed specifications.
- Read specifications to determine the type of device to be fabricated and the materials and tools that will be required.
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Orthotic and Prosthetic Technicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $31K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $52K.
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