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Career and Education Opportunities for Certified Prosthetists in San Jose, California

San Jose, California provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for certified prosthetists. The national trend for certified prosthetists sees this job pool growing by about 15.5% over the next eight years. In general, certified prosthetists assist patients with disabling conditions of limbs and spine or with partial or total absence of limb by fitting and preparing orthopedic braces or prostheses.

Certified prosthetists earn about $22 per hour or $47,720 annually on average in California and about $30 per hour or $62,590 yearly on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Alternative and Specialized, people working as certified prosthetists in California earn less. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Alternative and Specialized nationally. Certified prosthetists work in a variety of jobs, including: prosthetist, orthotics clinic manager, and artificial limb fitter.

The San Jose area is home to fifty-nine schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of San Jose where you can get a degree as a certified prosthetist. Given that the most common education level for certified prosthetists is a post-Baccalaureate certificate, you can expect to spend a short time training to become a certified prosthetist if you already have a Bachelor's degree, or little over four years starting with a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Certified Prosthetist

Certified Prosthetist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, certified prosthetists assist patients with disabling conditions of limbs and spine or with partial or total absence of limb by fitting and preparing orthopedic braces or prostheses.

Certified prosthetists examine and measure patients to establish their appliance needs and to pinpoint factors that could affect appliance fit. They also fit and evaluate devices on patients, and make adjustments for proper fit and comfort. Equally important, certified prosthetists have to instruct patients in the use and up keep of orthoses and prostheses. They are often called upon to update skills and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars. They are expected to decide on materials and components to be used, on the basis of device layout. Finally, certified prosthetists update skills and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars.

Every day, certified prosthetists are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

It is important for certified prosthetists to publish research findings or present them at conferences and seminars. Somewhat less frequently, certified prosthetists are also expected to fit and evaluate devices on patients, and make adjustments for proper fit and comfort.

Certified prosthetists sometimes are asked to maintain patients' records. And finally, they sometimes have to make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prostheses or orthoses, for use in the device construction process.

Like many other jobs, certified prosthetists must be thorough and dependable and have exceptional integrity.

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Certified Prosthetist Training

West Valley College - Saratoga, CA

West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070-5698. West Valley College is a large college located in Saratoga, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 10,585 students. West Valley College has a two to four year program in Orthotist/Prosthetist.

CERTIFICATIONS

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Associate Fellow: Your Associate Fellow certificate lets your patients know that you are an experienced, credentialed implant professional.

For more information, see the American Academy of Implant Dentistry website.

Orthotic and Prosthetic Certification: An ABC certified orthotist and/or prosthetist is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained to manage the comprehensive orthotic and/or prosthetic patient care.

For more information, see the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. website.

Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician: ABC technician registration is awarded as an attestation of competency for the public, those who require orthotic/prosthetic services, and those in other health professions.

For more information, see the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. website.

Certified Fitter-Orthotic: An ABC Certified Fitter of Orthotics is an individual trained and qualified to participate in the fitting and delivery of prefabricated orthotic devices and/or soft goods.

For more information, see the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: San Jose, California

San Jose, California
San Jose, California photo by Leslie

San Jose is situated in Santa Clara County, California. It has a population of over 948,279, which has grown by 6.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in San Jose, 163, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in San Jose are priced at $163,800 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred fourteen new homes were built in San Jose, down from three hundred twenty-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in San Jose are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is computer and electronic products, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 28 minutes. More than 31.6% of San Jose residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in San Jose is 13.2%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of San Jose residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Almaden Hill United Methodist Church, Almaden Valley United Methodist Church and Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses are some of the churches located in San Jose. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Muslim Estimate.

San Jose is home to the Evergreen Ranch and the Rosegarden Branch San Jose Public Library as well as Almaden Winery Park and Albertson Park. Shopping malls in the area include Almaden Plaza Shopping Center, Almaden Via Valiente Plaza Shopping Center and Foxworthy Shopping Center. Visitors to San Jose can choose from Atrium Gardens, Best Western Airport Plaza and Best Western Inn Airport Plaza for temporary stays in the area.