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Medical appliance technician

Medical Appliance Technician

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Medical Appliance Technician

Overview:

Medical appliance technicians construct, fit, maintain, and repair braces, artificial limbs, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances. They follow prescriptions or detailed instructions from podiatrists or orthotists, who request braces, supports, corrective shoes, or other devises; prosthetists, who order prostheses -- replacement limbs, such as an arm, leg, hand, or foot -- for patients who need them due to a birth defect, accident, or amputation; or other health care professionals.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Medical Appliance Technician

Preparation:

Most medical appliance technicians learn their craft on the job, but many employers prefer to hire those with formal training. High school students interested in becoming medical appliance technicians should take mathematics, metal or wood shop, and drafting.

Formal training is also available. Orthotic and prosthetic technician programs are accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Medical Appliance Technician

Preparation (continued):

These programs offer either an associate degree or a 1-year certificate for orthotic or prosthetic technicians. The programs instruct students on human anatomy and physiology, orthotic and prosthetic equipment and materials, and applied biomechanical principles to customize orthotics or prostheses. The programs also include clinical rotations to provide hands-on experience. A list of all accredited programs is available on the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Medical Appliance Technician

Day in the Life:

Medical appliance technicians generally work in clean, well-lighted, and well-ventilated laboratories. They have limited contact with the public. Salaried laboratory technicians usually work 40 hours a week, but some work part time. At times, technicians wear goggles to protect their eyes, gloves to handle hot objects, or masks to avoid inhaling dust. They may spend a great deal of time standing.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Medical Appliance Technician

Earnings:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wages of wage and salary medical appliance technicians is $34,460.

The middle 50 percent earned between $26,600 and $47,210. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,720, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,750.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment –Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Medical Appliance Technician

Employment:

Medical appliance technicians hold about 13,900 jobs in the United States. About 55 percent of salaried jobs were in medical equipment and supply manufacturing laboratories, which usually are small, privately owned businesses with fewer than 5 employees.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Medical Appliance Technician

Career Path Forecast:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for medical appliance technicians will grow 11 percent from 2008 to 2018, about as fast as the average for all occupations, because of the increasing prevalence of the two leading causes of limb loss -- diabetes and cardiovascular disease -- and because of the increasing rate of obesity.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment –Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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Medical Appliance Technician

Resources:

More information about Medical Appliance Technician is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center, including accredited university programs, suggestions for precollege students, a free monthly careers newsletter, and a PDF summarizing the field.

Associations:

American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists

National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education

American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.


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