Podiatrists
SOC: 29-1081.00

Description:

Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
9,600 employed

Projected (2024):
11,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Chiropodist
  • Doctor
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
  • Doctor of Podiatry
  • Doctor Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
  • Foot and Ankle Surgeon
  • Foot Doctor
  • Foot Orthopedist
  • Foot Roentgenologist
  • Foot Specialist
  • Orthopedic Podiatrist
  • Physician
  • Podiatric Medicine Doctor (DPM)
  • Podiatric Physician
  • Podiatric Surgeon
  • Podiatrist
  • Podiatry Doctor (DP)
  • Pododermatologist
  • Practitioner


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Diagnose diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, x-rays, and laboratory test results.
  • Prescribe medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery.
  • Surgically treat conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, and abscesses.
  • Advise patients about treatments and foot care techniques necessary for prevention of future problems.
  • Refer patients to physicians when symptoms indicative of systemic disorders, such as arthritis or diabetes, are observed in feet and legs.
  • Correct deformities by means of plaster casts and strapping.
  • Make and fit prosthetic appliances.
  • Perform administrative duties such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, and keeping records.
  • Educate the public about the benefits of foot care through techniques such as speaking engagements, advertising, and other forums.
  • Treat deformities using mechanical methods, such as whirlpool or paraffin baths, and electrical methods, such as short wave and low voltage currents.
  • Treat bone, muscle, and joint disorders affecting the feet and ankles.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Allis forceps
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Bandage scissors
  • Biopsy punches
  • Bone chisels
  • Bone curettes
  • Bone forceps
  • Bone rasps
  • Bone ronguers
  • Cast cutters
  • Cast spreaders
  • Cast vacuums
  • Cauterizing equipment
  • Cryoprobes
  • Curved hemostats
  • Curved surgical scissors
  • Cuticle nippers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digitizers
  • Double-ended curettes
  • Excavator curettes
  • Hyfrecators
  • Hypodermic syringes
  • Ingrown nail forceps
  • Iris scissors
  • Laptop computers
  • Locke elevators
  • Mastoid gouges
  • Mayo scissors
  • McGlamry elevators
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical measuring tapes
  • Metatarsal spreaders
  • Metzenbaum scissors
  • Nail splitters
  • Neurological hammers
  • Neurological pinwheels
  • Nucleus knives
  • Orthopedic splints
  • Oscillating bone saws
  • Packer and spatula tools
  • Personal computers
  • Phalangeal forceps
  • Pin and wire cutters
  • Podiatry chisels
  • Portable x ray machines
  • Powered surgical drills
  • Safety glasses
  • Sagittal bone saws
  • Skin hooks
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Splinter forceps
  • Sponge forceps
  • Stationary x ray equipment
  • Steam autoclaves
  • Sterile gowns
  • Straight hemostats
  • Straight surgical scissors
  • Surgical bone burs
  • Surgical bone mallets
  • Surgical hand drills
  • Surgical masks
  • Surgical needle holders
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Surgical thumb forceps
  • Surgical tissue forceps
  • Surgical wire cutters
  • Suture scissors
  • Tablet computers
  • Tenotomy scissors
  • Therapeutic cold packs
  • Therapeutic extremity whirlpool baths
  • Therapeutic hot packs
  • Therapeutic paraffin baths
  • Therapeutic ultrasound equipment
  • Towel clamps
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Weitlaner retractors
  • Wire extraction pliers
  • Advantage Software Podiatry Advantage
  • DocSite Registry
  • Email software
  • Fox Meadows Software MediNotes e
  • Microsoft Access
  • Quick Notes PDQ Podiatry
  • Scanner imaging software
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800