Medical Appliance Technicians

General Information

Description

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

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of dental and ophthalmic laboratory technicians and medical appliance technicians is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 11,000 openings for dental and ophthalmic laboratory technicians and medical appliance technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$41,750

State-by-state Salary

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$52,460
$32,210
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 26%
  • High school 21%
  • Bachelor's degree 18%
  • Post-secondary certificate 10%
  • Master's degree 9%
  • Some college 8%
  • Less than high school 5%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Production and Processing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Mechanical
  • Design

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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