How to become a Prosthetist/Orthotist

Prosthetists/Orthotists assess the physical and functional limitations of people resulting from illness and disabilities, and provide prostheses (artificial limbs) and orthoses (supportive devices) to restore function or compensate for muscular and skeletal disabilities, including limb amputation.

Personal requirements of a Prosthetist/Orthotist

  • Aptitude for technical tasks
  • Good communication skills
  • Enjoy helping people
  • Able to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Prosthetist/Orthotist

To become a prosthetist/orthotist, you usually have to complete a degree at university with a major in anatomy and physiology, followed by a postgraduate qualification in prosthetics and orthotics. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics are normally required. Entry to the postgraduate course usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

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Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2%

NSW 27.8%

NT 1.6%

QLD 25%

SA 7.2%

TAS 0%

VIC 23.6%

WA 12.9%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 16.9%

Female 83.1%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 44.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 55.2%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 24.2%

Above 35 years: 77%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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