Orthotists and prosthetists are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, orthotists and prosthetists rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 21% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy orthotists and prosthetists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Psychiatric aide
2.9
$29k
Audiologist
2.9
$79k
Optician
2.9
$38k
Podiatrist
2.9
$146k
Cardiovascular technologist and technician
2.9
$61k
Orthotist and prosthetist
2.9
$75k
Personal care aide
2.8
$26k
Clinical research coordinator
2.8
$138k
Home health aide
2.8
$22k
Psychiatric technician
2.8
$37k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are orthotists and prosthetists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do orthotists and prosthetists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as orthotists and prosthetists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are orthotist and prosthetist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are orthotists and prosthetists making the best use of their abilities?

Are orthotists and prosthetists happy with their salary?

Orthotists and prosthetists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.8/5. The majority of orthotists and prosthetists are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked orthotists and prosthetists how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.8 out of 5 stars

20 orthotists and prosthetists

5 Star
35%

35% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their compensation 2 stars

Do orthotists and prosthetists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, orthotists and prosthetists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.2/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked orthotists and prosthetists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

20 orthotists and prosthetists

5 Star
20%

20% of orthotists and prosthetists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of orthotists and prosthetists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of orthotists and prosthetists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of orthotists and prosthetists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of orthotists and prosthetists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as orthotists and prosthetists?

Orthotists and prosthetists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.5/5. The majority of orthotists and prosthetists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked orthotists and prosthetists how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

20 orthotists and prosthetists

5 Star
10%

10% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
45%

45% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their career fit 2 stars

How enjoyable is an orthotist and prosthetist’s work environment?

As a whole, orthotists and prosthetists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 2.9/5. A solid majority of orthotists and prosthetists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as an orthotist and prosthetist.

We asked orthotists and prosthetists how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

20 orthotists and prosthetists

5 Star
20%

20% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
50%

50% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their work environment 2 stars

Are orthotists and prosthetists making the best use of their abilities?

Former orthotists and prosthetists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most orthotists and prosthetists are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked orthotists and prosthetists how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

20 orthotists and prosthetists

5 Star
15%

15% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
15%

15% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of orthotists and prosthetists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars