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Orthotists and Prosthetists - 29-2091.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Orthotist (CO)
  • Certified Pedorthist
  • Certified Prosthetist (CP)
  • Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist (CPO)
  • Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO)
  • Licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist (LPO)
  • Orthotic Practitioner
  • Orthotist
  • Prosthetic Practitioner
  • Prosthetist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Confer with physicians to formulate specifications and prescriptions for orthopedic or prosthetic devices.
  • Construct and fabricate appliances, or supervise others constructing the appliances.
  • Design orthopedic and prosthetic devices, based on physicians' prescriptions and examination and measurement of patients.
  • Examine, interview, and measure patients to determine their appliance needs and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit.
  • Fit, test, and evaluate devices on patients, and make adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort.
  • Instruct patients in the use and care of orthoses and prostheses.
  • Maintain patients' records.
  • Make and modify plaster casts of areas to be fitted with prostheses or orthoses to guide the device construction process.
  • Publish research findings or present them at conferences and seminars.
  • Repair, rebuild, and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
  • Research new ways to construct and use orthopedic and prosthetic devices.
  • Select materials and components to be used, based on device design.
  • Show and explain orthopedic and prosthetic appliances to healthcare workers.
  • Train and supervise support staff, such as orthopedic and prosthetic assistants and technicians.
  • Update skills and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust prostheses or other assistive devices.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Design medical devices or appliances.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Fabricate medical devices.
  • Instruct patients in the use of assistive equipment.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
  • Present medical research reports.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Supervise medical support personnel.
  • Train medical providers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Medical Service Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Orthopedic Cast Room Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Orthopedic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Orthopedic Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Orthotic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Apprentice, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Podiatry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • PROSTHETIST (Medical serv)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Orthopedic Assistant
  • Orthotics Assistant
  • Orthotist
  • Prosthetics Assistant
  • Prosthetist