A Career in Demand
Number of Americans
who will be 65 or older
New cases in the U.S. since 19802
Projected increase in cases in U.S. women by 2030; the projected increase is 26 percent for men3
Increase in incidence since 19604
Practicing O&P Professionals
Approximate percentage of O&P professionals who are 55 or older and likely to retire over the next 10 years. It is critical that more qualified students enter O&P programs to assure access to quality care for individuals with amputations and orthopedic impairments.
Average Total Compensation by Certification5
1NIH National Institute on Aging, "Dramatic changes in U.S. aging highlighted in new census, NIH report." 2014.
2CDC, "Annual Number (in Thousands) of New Cases of Diagnosed Diabetes among Adults Aged 18–79 Years, United States, 1980–2011." November 2013.
3Pandya A, et al., "More Americans Living Longer With Cardiovascular Disease Will Increase Costs While Lowering Quality Of Life." Health Affairs, October 2013.
4Flegal KM, et al., "Prevalence of obesity and trends in the distribution of body mass inde x among US adults, 1999–2010." Journal of the American Medical Association, 2012.
5American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), 2013 Compensation and Benefits Report. Note: Compensation varies based on factors such as geographic location, years of experience, practice setting, and benefits.