How to become a prosthetist: Becky's story

Meet Becky, 21, to find out more about life as a prosthetist. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"I make a real big difference to people's lives, which is really fulfilling."

Prosthetics are artificial devices which replace a missing body part.
Orthotics are braces that help to aid or support a limb to function.

  • Becky helps to fit prosthetics and orthotics. She then works with her patients to help them to use their new body part or brace effectively

  • Becky is studying a vocational degree. The course is very practical – it involves making the prosthetics, as well as fitting them

  • Maths and physics are important in her work, but people skills are also very important as she works with a variety of different patients and needs to be friendly and understanding.

What to expect if you want to be a prosthetist

Prosthetist salary: from £22,000 to £68,500 per year

Prosthetist working hours: 39 to 41 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a prosthetist?

Typical entry requirements: You’ll need to take a three or four year university degree to become an prosthetist. It's important the course is approved by the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists and the Health and Care Professions Council. Entry requirements for university are usually three A-levels (or equivalent) including Maths and either Biology, Physics or Chemistry.

To discover more stories about becoming a prosthetist, visit: I See the Difference

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Find out more on the Prospects website about the role of a Prosthetist/orthotist.

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