Orthopedic shoemaker - Salary and Career
Orthopedic Prosthetic Technicians

Orthopedic shoemaker - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They interpret medical specifications and perform patient measurements to develop, design, manufacture, adapt and repair orthoses and prostheses (o/p), such as devices for correction or support for people with injuries in any part of the body and artificial limbs. They evaluate the patient and the prescription, plan, manufacture and monitor the operation of orthoses and prostheses, providing technical assistance, and manage the studio. The development of the work requires the use of professional communication skills with professionals in the field and patients.

How much does an Orthopedic shoemaker earn

A Orthopedic shoemaker earns between $1.146 and $9.638 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.940 and a median salary of $1.595 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 367 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Orthopedic shoemaker

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.940 35.279 735 15
1º Quartile 1.146 13.755 287 6
Median Salary 1.595 19.134 399 8
3º Quartile 7.351 88.206 1.838 37
Higher Salary 9.638 115.658 2.410 48

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • orthopedic prosthetic technicians

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Main workplaces

Orthopedic Prosthetic Technicians they work in the area of health and social services. They are employers, they work individually and in teams with the medical team, without supervision. They perform their duties indoors and during daytime hours. They remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods and are exposed to toxic materials, loud noise, high temperatures and dust from materials.

What does it take to work in the field of Orthopedic Prosthetic Technicians

The full exercise of the activities of this occupation requires a high school diploma and more than five years of professional experience.

Functions and activities of Orthopedic shoemaker

Orthopedic Prosthetic Technicians must:

  • perform orthoses and prostheses follow-up;
  • manage the orthesis and prosthesis workshop;
  • manage the orthosis and prosthesis workshop;
  • evaluate patient and prescription;
  • perform orthoses and prosthesis monitoring;
  • planning the construction of orthoses and prostheses (op);
  • perform orthoses and prosthesis follow-up;
  • evaluate the patient and the prescription;
  • evaluate the patient and prescription;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • communicate;
  • making orthoses and prostheses;
  • perform orthoses and prostheses monitoring;
  • manage the orthotics and prosthetics workshop;
  • make orthoses and prostheses;

  • Activities

    • forward request and requests for complementary exams;
    • show perception of the patient's conditions;
    • adjusting orthosis and prosthesis;
    • interpret measurements and molds;
    • technically subsidize the orthotics and prosthetics budget;
    • report non-compliance in the orthosis and prosthesis or its use to the professionals involved;
    • train auxiliary personnel;
    • introduce new technology in orthosis and prosthesis to the patient;
    • work ethically;
    • assembling orthosis and prosthesis;
    • advise the patient on the use, maintenance and hygiene of the orthosis and prosthesis;
    • keep technically up to date;
    • periodically review orthosis and prosthesis;
    • record patient and orthosis and prosthesis history;
    • acquire computer skills;
    • repair orthosis and prosthesis;
    • perform the anamnesis;
    • demonstrate psychological understanding;
    • show patience;
    • perform orthosis and prosthesis test;
    • examine the prosthesis orthosis;
    • coordinate technical and administrative activities;
    • promote safety and health in the orthosis and prosthesis workshop;
    • prepare the positive mold;
    • provide technical assistance during the adaptation phase;
    • analyze the prescription based on the information obtained;
    • demonstrate aesthetic sense;
    • providing the maintenance of machines, tools and installations;
    • take measurements and molds;
    • choosing components and materials;
    • work as a team;
    • suggest different types of orthoses and prostheses to the patient;
    • finishing orthosis and prosthesis;
    • participate in research for the introduction of modifications and innovations in orthoses and prostheses;
    • deliver technical and educational lectures;
    • delivering orthosis and prosthesis to patients;
    • disclose services and techniques;
    • select assistants;
    • develop the physical design of the orthosis and prosthesis workshop (layout) ;
    • distribute tasks to assistants and others;
    • use epi;
    • talk about the case with the professionals involved;
    • perform a physical evaluation of the patient;
    • provide technical support to other professionals;
    • making the interface between the patient's body and the orthosis and prosthesis;
    • supervise the technical activities;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • define the orthosis and prosthesis with the patient;
    • organizing the work schedule until delivery;
    • talk with the patient about their expectations and potential;
    • reform orthosis and prosthesis;
    • participate in the prescribing team;
    • control the stock;
    • display manual skill;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • determining the design of the orthosis and prosthesis;

    Sectors that hire Orthopedic shoemaker the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • manufacture of apparatus and utensils for correction of physical defects and orthopedic appliances in general under order
    • retailer of medical and orthopedic articles
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • prosthetics and orthopedic articles wholesale
    • dental activity with resources for performing surgical procedures
    • dental prosthesis services
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • wholesale of instruments and materials for medical, surgical, hospital and laboratory use
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams

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