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Orthotists & Prosthetists

Also called: Certified Prosthetist (CP), Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO), Orthotist, Orthotist/Prosthetist

Where in the Army? In the Army: Orthopedic Specialist

What they do:
Design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine, interview, and measure patients 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.


  • customer service
  • management
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Gait analysis software
  • OPIE Practice Management Suite
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Ohio Willow Wood OMEGA Tracer System
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
certificate after college or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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