According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
opportunities for medical appliance technicians will grow 11
percent from 2008 to 2018, about as fast as the average for all
occupations, because of the increasing prevalence of the two leading
causes of limb loss -- diabetes and cardiovascular disease -- and because of
the increasing rate of obesity.
The demand for
orthotic devices, such as braces and orthopedic footwear, will increase
as more people will need these support devices. In addition, advances in
technology may spur demand for prostheses that allow for greater
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.