Orthotists and Prosthetists
Assist patients with disabling conditions of limbs and spine or with partial or total absence of limb by fitting and preparing orthopedic braces or prostheses.
Maintain patients' records.
Publish research findings, and present them at conferences and seminars.
Research new ways to construct and use orthopedic and prosthetic devices.
Show and explain orthopedic and prosthetic appliances to healthcare workers.
Train and supervise orthopedic and prosthetic assistants and technicians, and other support staff.
Update skills and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars.
Confer with physicians in order to formulate specifications and prescriptions for orthopedic and/or prosthetic devices.
Construct and fabricate appliances or supervise others who are constructing the appliances.
Design orthopedic and prosthetic devices, based on physicians
' prescriptions, and examination and measurement of patients.
Examine, interview, and measure patients in order 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.
Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prostheses or orthoses, for use in the device construction process.
Repair, rebuild, and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
Select materials and components to be used, based on device design.
Medicine and Dentistry -- Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Therapy and Counseling -- Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Design -- Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Education and Training -- Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Building and Construction -- Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
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.
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.
Instructing -- Teaching others how to do something.
Speaking -- Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension -- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Equipment Selection -- Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Technology Design -- Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Service Orientation -- Actively looking for ways to help people.
Time Management -- Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Critical Thinking -- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Social Perceptiveness -- Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Oral Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension -- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension -- The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Visualization -- The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Speech Clarity -- The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Manual Dexterity -- The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Written Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Inductive Reasoning -- The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Near Vision -- The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Arm-Hand Steadiness -- The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Getting Information -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Assisting and Caring for Others -- Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material -- Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge -- Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization -- Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment -- Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings -- Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Performing General Physical Activities -- Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs
and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Handling and Moving Objects -- Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Documenting/Recording Information -- Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.