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Medical Appliance Technicians

Medical Appliance Technicians
Quick Facts : Medical Appliance Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$35,670
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201214,200
Job Outlook4% (Slower than average)
Employment Change500


Medical appliance technicians construct, fit, and repair medical supportive devices, including prosthetic limbs, arch supports, facial parts, and foot and leg braces.

What Medical Appliance Technicians Do

Medical appliance technicians construct, fit, and repair medical supportive devices, including prosthetic limbs, arch supports, facial parts, and foot and leg braces.

Work Environment

In 2010, most medical appliance technicians worked in manufacturing laboratories. Others worked in health and personal care stores.
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Job Outlook

Employment is expected to grow 4 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. An aging baby-boomer population will create a need for technicians because diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the two leading causes of loss of limbs, are more likely to occur in older people.
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Pay

The median annual wage of medical appliance technicians was $35,670 in May 2010.
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Medical Appliance Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Medical Appliance Technicians

35670

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Medical Appliance Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Medical Appliance Technicians

3.52113

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Medical Appliance Technicians

There are no formal educational requirements for becoming an entry-level medical appliance technician. Many technicians learn through on-the-job training.
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