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Podiatrist

A rewarding career helping people gain more mobility and independence.

What's it like to be a Podiatrist?

A Podiatrist is an Allied Health professional who specialises in the treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.

Tasks and duties

  • Diagnosing diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, x-rays, laboratory tests and physical examinations.
  • Treating deformities, prescribing and making orthotic inserts for patients when they’re required.
  • Performing minor surgical procedures, like ingrown toenail surgery, using a local anaesthetic.
They work in hospitals, in private practices, nursing homes and community medical clinics.
Podiatrists can specialise in areas like sports medicine, paediatrics and gerontology, among others.

What can I earn as a Podiatrist?

The most common salary  for a Podiatrist is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Podiatrist

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To become a Podiatrist you need to complete a degree such as a Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine or Bachelor of Podiatry. The coursework includes theoretical and practical lessons, as well as clinical experience.
  1. Complete an accredited podiatry degree. Entry requirements for these courses usually require that you have completed high school, studied a number of science subjects and achieved an appropriate ATAR. Alternatively, you may complete an approved undergraduate degree and a Master of Podiatric Practice.
  2. Register with the podiatry board in the state you wish to work in.
  3. Many Podiatrists choose to specialise based on their experience and interests. Common areas of specialisation include sports medicine, biomechanics, arthritis and gerontology.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Time management
  • Team work
  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Professional ethics

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Initiative
  • People management
  • Team work
  • Thoroughness
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How do Podiatrists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 12 Podiatrists surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of science in podiatry
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Senior podiatrist
The good things
The best aspect of my job is on reviewing a patient to hear the words 'You've changed my life' (for the better)!!!! I absolutely love it!
The challenges
Sometimes you have to deal with patients who challenge you to deal with nuisance
2 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Podiatric Practice
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Can be nice when you meeting patients you get along well. Giving patients pain relief when they need it. Catching serious problems before getting worse
The challenges
Boring. extremely repetitive. most of the work is cutting nails. not a lot of appreciation from people. All bosses care about is how many orthotics you prescribe.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of podiatric practice
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Lots of variety available in profession with the ability to change if needed. Being able to make an immediate difference to a clients pain is great and there are possibilities for senior roles.
The challenges
Renumeration isnt great when you are trying to pay off a help debt. Some roles can be quite monotonous and most senior roles in community health are far and few between
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
BSc. Honours
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Clinical Manager and Podiatrist
The good things
I function independently, my role involves administrative, managerial tasks as well as seeing patients. I have a good relationship with my patients and relate very well to them.
The challenges
depending on where you work. If you manage your own private practice you, you can control a lot of what is happening within the clinic but if you work in a hospital environment, you are dependent of t...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of podiatry
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
You have the opportunity to improve someone’s life and well being. People walk in, in pain and walk out comfortable. Podiatry has a large future scope with many continued learning avenues
The challenges
Most first jobs out of university will be doing basic treatments. There are mostly part time jobs for starting out, with full time harder to come by due to saturation in some areas.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of podiatry
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Community health
The good things
The variety of work. Each client comes in with a varying array of areas needing treatment. From babies to 100year olds we see everyone. No two days are the same.
The challenges
Sometimes you get a very busy day and you struggle to get all your work done outside of seeing clients. Some clients are tricky to diagnose
2 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Podiatric Practice
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Podiatry
The good things
You have an opportunity to help improve your clients' health.
The challenges
Limited opportunity to expand on your skills and knowledge as a clinician, job market is saturated thus remuneration is not good (you probably will not be able to afford a house with a prodiatrist's w...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Great work life balance
The challenges
Autonomous at times
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of podiatry
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Depending on where you work, whether t it be private practice, public, aged care, research or domciliary care everyday is different. You get to engage with every age group, different levels of athleti...
The challenges
You’re basically a teacher so therefore has all the challenges that come along with it. You have to educate a range of different people of different ages and backgrounds to understand their condition ...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Podiatry
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Private practice
The good things
Being able to help people to live a better quality of life. Great work/life balance
The challenges
Handling patients from many different demographics and tailoring solutions that will fit into their lifestyles
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What are the job opportunities for Podiatrists?

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Job opportunities

Podiatrist jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
17.2%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Podiatrists
Latest Podiatrist jobs on SEEK
Austra Health
Western QLD
Podiatry position with a focus on remote community outreach. Travel and accommodation assistance, 10 week locum position, large MDT, Supportive Team
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St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (Ltd)
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Fixed Term Part Time position currently available for a Grade 1 Podiatrist
Goulburn Valley Health
Shepparton & Goulburn Valley
Grade 3 Podiatrist, 16 hours per fortnight.
Albury Wodonga Health
Albury Area
AWH requires a Podiatrist to join our Community Team to provide a high standard of clinical care for clients with chronic & complex health conditions.
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