Podiatrist

Quick Facts: Podiatrists
2012 Median Pay $116,440 per year
$55.98 per hour
Entry-Level Education Doctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Internship/residency
Number of Jobs, 2012 10,700
Job Outlook, 2012-22 23% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 2,400

What Podiatrists Do

Podiatrists provide medical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery involving the lower extremities.

Work Environment

Most podiatrists work in offices of podiatry, either on their own or with other podiatrists. Some work in group practices with other physicians or specialists. Others work in private and public hospitals and outpatient care centers.

How to Become a Podiatrist

Podiatrists must earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree and complete a 3-year residency program. Podiatrists must be licensed.

Pay

The median annual wage for podiatrists was $116,440 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of podiatrists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle will stem from the aging population. Podiatrists will also be needed to treat patients with foot and ankle conditions caused by chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.

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