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Prosthetists and orthotists care for people who need an artificial limb or a device to support or control part of their body.

Average salary (a year)

£24,907 Starter


£44,503 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become a prosthetist-orthotist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship


You can do a degree in prosthetics and orthotics, approved by the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists and the Health and Care Professions Council.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and a science for a degree

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You can get into this career through a prosthetist-orthotist degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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Further information

You can get more advice about a career as a prosthetist and orthotist from Health Careers and the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your role, you may:

  • design and fitting surgical appliances (orthoses) like braces, callipers and splints
  • work with people recovering from a stroke, those with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or cerebral palsy
  • assess a patient's needs before they have an artificial limb or appliance fitted
  • take measurements and using computer modelling to produce a design of the prostheses or orthoses
  • explain a finished design to a technician, who will produce the final product
  • carry out follow-up checks with patients to see how they are coping with their device
  • make sure the appliance or limb is functioning properly, and is comfortable
  • carry out adjustments or repairs

Working environment

You could work at a health centre, at a client's home or in an NHS or private hospital.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to a management post or move into a specialist clinical area. You could also move into teaching, or a research and development post.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

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  • Start date: 07 September 2021
  • Location: Poole

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  • Start date: 13 September 2021
  • Location: Ipswich

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