Orthopedic workshop technician - Salary and Career
Orthopedic Prosthetic Technicians

Orthopedic workshop technician - 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 workshop technician earn

A Orthopedic workshop technician 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 workshop technician

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 workshop technician

Orthopedic Prosthetic Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Orthopedic workshop technician 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 prosthesis services
    • dental activity with resources for performing surgical procedures
    • 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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