Podiatrists prevent, diagnose and treat disorders of the feet.
Specialisations: Podiatric Surgeon.
A bachelor degree in podiatry is needed to work as a Podiatrist.
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
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow very strongly
- is likely to reach 8,500 by 2026.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 64% of people employed as Podiatrists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is similar to the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Podiatrists work in the Health care and social assistance industry.
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Podiatrists||All Jobs Average|
Around 64% of Podiatrists live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Inner
- Adelaide - Central and Hills
- Melbourne - Inner East
- Melbourne - North East
- Melbourne - Inner South.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Podiatrists is 36 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 60% of the workforce. This is 12 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Podiatrists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.7||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in podiatry is needed to work as a Podiatrist.
Registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency is required.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Podiatrists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||17.9||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.0||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Podiatrists who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
59%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
57%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
54%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Looking for ways to help people.
Teaching people how to do something.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
45%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
82%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
75%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
69%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
59%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
56%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
56%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
54%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
46%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
43%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
41%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
40%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
32%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Write in a way that people can understand.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
54%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
52%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
45%Speed of recognition
Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
90%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
77%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
75%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
73%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
73%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
73%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
71%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
68%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
67%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
66%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
64%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
61%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
61%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
59%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
59%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
55%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
55%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
53%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
51%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
47%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Talk on the telephone.
96%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
95%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Talk with people face-to-face.
94%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
93%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
92%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
91%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
90%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
Use electronic mail.
Work with people in a group or team.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
87%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
86%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
85%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
85%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
85%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
83%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
82%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
79%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
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