Career Cluster: Guardian
Podiatrists are skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals who help people maintain healthy feet and mobility.

Podiatrists have a fulfilling and rewarding career that allows them to help people improve their quality of life. They work in a variety of settings, from private practices to hospitals, and have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as sports medicine, wound care, and paediatrics. Podiatrists get to work with patients of all ages and backgrounds, and they have the satisfaction of seeing their patients’ conditions improve over time. They also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, such as orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists, to provide comprehensive care for their patients. Overall, being a podiatrist is a challenging and exciting career that offers the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives.

Possible Pathways
To become a podiatrist, one must complete a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from an accredited college of podiatric medicine, which typically takes four years to complete. Additionally, podiatrists must complete a three-year residency program and pass both written and oral exams to obtain their license. Podiatrists also have the option to pursue additional certifications and continuing education to specialise in areas such as sports medicine or surgery.

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hours worked
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Interest areas
Most Common industries
foot anatomy
patient communication
wound care
core skills

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Projected Growth Source: Jobs and Skills Australia, labourmarketinsights.gov.au, 2021 Employment projections for the five years to 2026.
Size of Field Source: ANZSCO 4-digit occupations: ABS Labour Force Survey, February 2023, custom trend.
Hours Worked Source: ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report.