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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-9082 Medical Appliance Technicians



Construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices, such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 30024$27.80/hr$19.30/hr$19.30/hr$26.91/hr$31.44/hr$41.38/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing290$24.45/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services60$31.21/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota 20$25.05/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 20$29.75/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 300$26.91/hr10.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 310$26.24/hrN/A
Minnesota 360$25.65/hr10.7%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Medical Equipment Repairers 1,290$30.75/hr3.7%
Dental Laboratory Technicians 610$25.24/hr14.9%
Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 1,260$30.74/hrN/A


  • Repair, modify, or maintain medical supportive devices, such as artificial limbs, braces, or surgical supports, according to specifications.
  • Make orthotic or prosthetic devices, using materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather, and hand or power tools.
  • Test medical supportive devices for proper alignment, movement, or biomechanical stability, using meters and alignment fixtures.
  • Lay out and mark dimensions of parts, using templates and precision measuring instruments.
  • Construct or receive casts or impressions of patients' torsos or limbs for use as cutting and fabrication patterns.
  • Polish artificial limbs, braces, or supports, using grinding and buffing wheels.
  • Bend, form, and shape fabric or material to conform to prescribed contours of structural components.
  • Mix pigments to match patients' skin coloring, according to formulas, and apply mixtures to orthotic or prosthetic devices.
  • Read prescriptions or specifications to determine the type of product or device to be fabricated and the materials and tools that will be required.
  • Cover or pad metal or plastic structures or devices, using coverings such as rubber, leather, felt, plastic, or fiberglass.