Podiatrists prevent, diagnose and treat disorders of the feet.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • examining patients' feet to determine the nature and extent of conditions, deformities and injuries
  • examining and treating foot disabilities caused by diseases such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and other neuropathies
  • prescribing and arranging the fabrication of footwear to correct foot abnormalities
  • performing minor surgery to remove and improve abnormal conditions
  • prescribing and fitting replaceable pads, palliative and functional supports and other devices for the protection and correction of foot abnormalities
  • advising patients about continued treatment and foot care
  • may provide rehabilitation services to the physically handicapped
  • may refer patients to or have patients referred from Medical Practitioners

Job Titles

  • Podiatrist
  • Podiatrist

    Specialisations: Podiatric Surgeon

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 4,000 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 59.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42.7 hours Average full-time
  • 38.5 years Average age
  • 58.0% female Gender Share

The number of Podiatrists grew moderately over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 4,000 in 2017 to 4,500 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Podiatrists work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland or Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (59.1%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%), but there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42.7 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 58% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20073000
20082200
2009500
20103000
20113200
20123900
20133600
20144600
20153600
20163100
20174000
20224500

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance92.0
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePodiatristsAll Jobs Average
NSW21.131.6
VIC34.926.2
QLD30.119.7
SA7.16.7
WA6.210.8
TAS0.62.0
NT0.01.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPodiatristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-247.4-9.99.9
25-3430.5-23.623.6
35-4427.8-21.721.7
45-5421.7-20.820.8
55-5912.5-8.88.8
60-640.0-6.06.0
65 and Over0.0-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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Employers look for Podiatrists who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and Dentistry

    95% Important

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    86% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English Language

    86% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Education and Training

    80% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  5. Administration and Management

    72% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Assisting and Caring for Others

    97% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    89% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Documenting/Recording Information

    88% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  4. Getting Information

    85% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Processing Information

    84% Important

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

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