• Medical Appliance Technicians
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 44,420
    $32,540 range bar $60,870
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Slow Growing
  • Medical Appliance Technicians construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices like braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.

What do they typically do

  • Teach patients how to use prosthetic or orthotic devices
  • Fit appliances onto patients and make necessary adjustments
  • Bend, form, and shape fabric or material to match prescribed contours of structural components
  • Repair, modify, or maintain medical supportive devices like artificial limbs, braces, or surgical supports according to specifications
  • Measure patients body or limb and to use this information in making the device
  • Read prescriptions or specifications to determine what type of product or device to make and what materials and tools to use
  • Construct or receive casts or impressions of patients' torsos or limbs to use as cutting and fabrication patterns
  • Use hand or power tools and materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys, and leather to make orthotic or prosthetic devices

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.7%
Job Openings 44

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Education & Training

  • Education

    Most occupations require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA
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