Medical Appliance Technicians

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What do they do?

Construct, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.

Also known as:

Certified Pedorthotist, Hearing Aid Repair Technician, Lab Technician, Orthopaedic Technician, Orthopedic Technician, Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician (O&P Technician), Orthotic Fabricator Technician, Orthotic Technician, Orthotics Fitter, Prosthetic Lab Technician, Prosthetic Technician, Prosthetics Fabrication Technician, Prosthetics Technician, Registered Prosthetic Orthotic Technician

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Medical Appliance Technicians is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 12%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #29 in job growth rate
  • 40

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #22 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.9%)
  • Master's degree (2.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (14.3%)
  • Associate's degree (16.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (33.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (26.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (5.7%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Construct customized assistive medical or dental devices.
  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production.
  • Cast molds of patient anatomies to create medical or dental devices.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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