Podiatrists prevent, diagnose and treat disorders of the feet.

Specialisations: Podiatric Surgeon.

A bachelor degree in podiatry is needed to work as a Podiatrist.

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

All Podiatrists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 3,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 60% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Podiatrists (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 3,600 in 2018 to 4,300 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 400 a year).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Podiatrists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (64%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 60% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Podiatrists.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20082200
2009500
20103000
20113200
20123900
20133700
20144600
20153800
20163300
20174500
20183600
20234300

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance96.9
Public Administration and Safety1.6
Education and Training0.5
Other Services0.4
Other Industries0.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePodiatristsAll Jobs Average
NSW28.231.6
VIC31.125.6
QLD17.420.0
SA9.17.0
WA10.110.8
TAS2.42.0
NT0.51.0
ACT1.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPodiatristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-248.8-9.39.3
25-3438.3-22.922.9
35-4425.4-22.022.0
45-5417.9-21.621.6
55-595.4-9.09.0
60-642.5-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPodiatristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate17.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree70.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.4-21.121.1
Year 120.7-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in podiatry is needed to work as a Podiatrist.

You must also be registered with the Podiatry Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • be up to date with immunisations

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Podiatrists who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    82% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  2. Customer and personal service

    75% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Education and training

    69% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. English language

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Clerical

    62% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1081.00 - Podiatrists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Physically close to people

    96% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  3. Freedom to make decisions

    95% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Frequent decision making

    94% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1081.00 - Podiatrists.

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