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UK Skills Shortage Occupation 19 Prosthetist

health and social care careersThis is the 19th instalment in a series of blogs that provide information on occupational roles that employers struggle to fill. In this article we take a look at the role of the prosthetist / orthoptist.

In this series of blogs, we will be taking a look at skills shortages in the UK as published by, a leading international immigration consultancy firm. The occupations that we will cover in this series are listed as those where the skills shortage is such that employers struggle to fill the roles to such an extent that jobs on this list do not need to be advertised before they can be offered to a non-EEA (European Economic Area) immigrant.

There are regional differences in the skills and occupations where employers are experiencing shortages and throughout this series we will endeavor to provide information on where the greatest demand for the occupations and skills exist geographically.

What is the job of a prosthetist?

Prosthetists work in hospitals, clinics and health centres and can be employed full time or part time.

Prosthetists / orthotists assess the needs of patients before they have an artificial limb fitted. This involves taking measurements and using computer modelling to design prostheses or orthoses. (see below for an explanation) The prosthetist or orthotist will fit the surgical device or prosthesis, make sure that it is comfortable and working properly and follow up with the patient to check on how they are coping.


    An artificial device like a splint or brace that supports the spine or limbs.


    An artificial body part, for example a limb.

How do you become a prosthetist?

You will need to undertake and approved degree course in prosthetics and orthotics. The kind of skills that you will need are:

IT and technical skills
Great communication skills
Sensitivity in dealing with patients

How much does a prosthetist earn?

Someone starting out can expect to earn, on average, between £22,000 and £28,000 and with experience this could rise to £35,000. Those who are highly skilled and experience can earn up to £68,000.
See skills shortage occupation 18

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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