Just under three-fifths of Orthotists in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $40K to $94K per year, but median earnings come to around $61K per year. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. The vast majority of Orthotists (80 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Orthotists are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average.
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Job Description for Orthotist
The main role of an orthotist is to create medical support devices and appliances and to ensure that they meet the needs and desires of the patient. They work with health care providers to assist patients suffering from deformities, injuries, and disabilities in the spine, arms, legs, or other parts of the body. They often work in medical centers like hospitals, where they can monitor patients and adjust their devices to meet their personal needs. These can be devices such as braces, corrective shoes, or facial appliances to improve the appearance of deformities. They are usually trained as prosthetists, who create artificial arms, legs, noses, ears, or other body parts.Read More...
They meet and get to know patients so that they can assess their specific requirements. They take the patients' measurements and use them to design devices that will fit properly. They choose the optimal materials and fabricate the device. Then they have the patient test them out to make sure that everything fits and works properly. It is very important for the orthotist to ensure that the patient is completely satisfied with their device. They will also teach the patient how to use the device on their own. They will also be available to repair devices.
They must have strong social and communication skills, as these kind of patients can be very emotional. They will need to obtain at least a bachelor's degree, but a master's is optimal. They will also receive on the job training, continue to attend conferences, and obtain new, updated information.
- Fit, test and evaluate devices on patients and make adjustments for proper fit, function and comfort.
- Design orthotic devices or braces, based on physicians' prescription and examination and measurement of patient.
- Supervise and train staff who are constructing the appliances.
- Confer with physicians in order to formulate specifications for orthopedic devices.
- Maintain patients' records.
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Pay by Experience Level for Orthotist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Orthotists. The average inexperienced worker earns $49K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $55K. On average, Orthotists make $72K following one to two decades on the job. Orthotists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $73K on average.
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