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Orthotic and Prosthetic Technicians

Work Environment

Orthotic and prosthetic technicians spend much of their time on their feet in a workshop setting, which may be cluttered, loud, and dusty from the machinery and the cast-making. They may have to work in uncomfortably hot oven rooms to soften the materials they use. They also work with power tools and sharp hand tools, which means that there is a chance of injury. However, careful adherence to safety procedures greatly reduces that risk. Work hours are usually nine to five, Monday through Friday.

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