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Prosthetists and orthotists

OaSIS code 32129.03

Prosthetists and orthotists design, fabricate, fit and repair prosthetic and orthotic devices.

Overview

Also known as

  • Certified orthotist (CO)
  • Certified prosthetist
  • Orthotist
  • Prosthetist
  • Surgical fitter

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Design, fabricate and fit prosthetic and orthotic appliances such as artificial limbs, braces or supports
  • Interpret physicians' specifications and examine and measure patients to develop working sketches of appliances
  • Make and modify plaster casts of areas to receive prostheses or orthoses
  • Fit, adjust and repair appliances
  • Advise patients in the use and care of prostheses and orthoses
  • Supervise and direct the activities of prosthetic and orthotic technicians.

Additional information

No data has been provided for this section.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment (32109)
  • Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians (32104)
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (33101)
  • Medical laboratory technologists (32120)
  • Medical sonographers (32122)
  • Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists (32123)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

32 – Technical occupations in health

Sub-major group

321 – Technical occupations in health (except practitioners of natural healing)

Minor group

3212 – Medical technologists and technicians

Unit group

32129 – Other medical technologists and technicians

Occupational profile

32129.03 – Prosthetists and orthotists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Communicating with Coworkers
4 - High Level
Developing Technical Instructions
4 - High Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Prosthetic device manufacturing companies
  • Prosthetics and orthotics laboratories
  • Self-employment

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Finger Dexterity
4 - High Level
Fluency of Ideas
4 - High Level
Manual Dexterity
4 - High Level
Spatial Visualization
4 - High Level
Written Expression
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Product Design
5 - Highest Level
Problem Solving
4 - High Level
Reading Comprehension
4 - High Level
Social Perceptiveness
4 - High Level
Writing
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important