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Podiatrist Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 9,600 Podiatrists in the United States. The Podiatrist job market is expected to grow by 14.1% between 2014 and 2024.

Podiatrist Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Podiatrists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 3,300 Podiatrists. That number is based on 1,400 additional Podiatrists, and the retirement of 1,900 existing Podiatrists.

Demand for Podiatrists

Job growth and demand in the podiatry field will be limited by the small size of the occupation and by the fact that most podiatrists practise for between forty and fifty years. While these factors mean that there is generally little movement of patients from one practitioner to another, some opportunities will occur on a consistent basis. As populations increase and age, the number of mobility and foot-related problems will grow. Rising rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, may lead to poor circulation in the feet and result in greater demand for podiatrists. In addition, a generally more active population will incur more injuries requiring podiatric treatment. The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that more than thirty million children in the U.S. participate in youth sports, many of them in ‘hyper-competitive and repetitive play.’ This has led to a significant increase in adolescent sports injuries, of which foot and ankle injuries are especially common. Employment of podiatrists would likely grow faster if not for sustained emphasis on controlling the costs of specialty health care. Insurers are expected to continue to balance the cost of referring patients to podiatrists against the cost and availability of general practitioners and physical therapists. Increasingly, podiatrists are forgoing solo practices and choosing to work along other health professionals in group practices, clinics, and health networks. Ongoing growth of outpatient podiatric surgery should create some additional openings. A small number of podiatrists transition into teaching, research, or administrative positions in hospitals or colleges of podiatry. In the United States, earning board certification in a specialty area from the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) typically yields greater employment options. Establishing a practice will be most challenging in the geographic areas surrounding colleges of podiatric medicine, where podiatrists are concentrated.

Supply of Podiatrists

The Podiatrist industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.

Podiatrist Job Market by State

State name Employed Podiatrists
New York 900
California 880
Florida 800
Ohio 650
Texas 650
Pennsylvania 530
Michigan 430
New Jersey 400
Illinois 360
Georgia 310
Arizona 270
Massachusetts 250
North Carolina 220
Maryland 200
Indiana 190
Virginia 180
Missouri 160
Utah 120
Washington 120
Tennessee 110
Wisconsin 110
Kentucky 110
South Carolina 100
Minnesota 100
Iowa 100
Connecticut 100
Alabama 90
Oklahoma 70
Louisiana 70
Kansas 60
Arkansas 60
Delaware 60
New Mexico 50
Nebraska 50
Oregon 50
Rhode Island 50
District of Columbia 40
Idaho 40
Nevada 30

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