USA Career Guide- Podiatrists

Education required to be Podiatrists in the USA

Becoming a podiatrist requires completing an undergraduate college education, a 4-year postgraduate degree -a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) , and a 3-year medical and surgical residency. Podiatrists also must be licensed.
The prerequisite for an admission to DPM programs  needs the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). In 2011, there were nine colleges of podiatric medicine in the United States.


Licensing requirements for podiatrists requires passing a state exam (written or oral) and paying a fee. In most states, podiatrists should complete a residency program to be licensed and licenses must typically be renewed periodically.


Many podiatrists choose to become board certified, either in podiatric surgery or in orthopedics and primary care podiatry.

  • The American Board of Podiatric Surgery is the certifying agency in podiatric surgery.
  • The American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine is the certifying agency in orthopedics and primary care podiatry.
Certification requires a combination of work experience and passing scores on exams.

Job Prospects of Podiatrists in the USA

Employment of podiatrists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for trained podiatrists should be good, given that there are a limited number of colleges of podiatry. In addition, the retirement of currently practicing podiatrists in the coming years is expected to increase the number of job openings for podiatrists.

Pay of of Podiatrists in the USA

As reported by Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual wage of podiatrists was $118,030 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $50,150, and the top 10 percent earned more than $166,400.

Industrial Overview of Podiatrists in the USA

Podiatrists may  work in health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the military, self-employed or work in group practices with other physicians or specialists and academic health science centers and universities.

 Podiatrists employed in the office of other health practitioners, including podiatry offices, in 2010.
Offices of other health practitioners    51%
Offices of physicians    10
Federal government, excluding postal service    6
General medical and surgical hospitals; private    4

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

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