Career Opportunities in Podiatry

Penni writes:
I was just wondering about career opportunities in podiatry. It would seem like a good field to go into considering the aging population. However when I go to a health professionals recruitment site on the Internet to see what opportunities are available they always say that there are no opportunities found or no matches found. Why would a career in such demand not have any jobs available for recent grads. Do you understand this?

The Career Doctor responds:
Penni trust your instincts. There are approximately 14000 practicing doctors of podiatric medicine in the United States. And according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics which publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook the job growth for podiatrists is expected to be 10 to 20 percent because “more people will turn to podiatrists for foot care as the elderly population grows.” The Handbook continues “Employment of podiatrists would grow even faster were it not for continued emphasis on controlling the costs of specialty health care.” In addition to growth the need to replace podiatrists who leave the occupation will create employment opportunities. Relatively few opportunities from this source are expected however since most podiatrists continue to practice until they retire; few transfer to other occupations.
Key sources for information about education careers and jobs in podiatry include the
podiatrists section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine and the American Podiatric Medical Association.
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