Podiatrist Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 11,000 Podiatrists in the United States. The Podiatrist job market is expected to grow by 10.9% between 2016 and 2026.

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 3,900 Podiatrists. That number is based on 1,200 additional Podiatrists, and the retirement of 2,700 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 concentrated in New York, Florida, and California.

Podiatrist Job Market by State

State name Employed Podiatrists
New York 1,300
Florida 880
California 830
Pennsylvania 520
Ohio 490
Texas 480
Illinois 430
New Jersey 390
Michigan 350
Virginia 310
Indiana 270
Georgia 230
Arizona 210
Massachusetts 210
Maryland 200
North Carolina 200
Minnesota 180
Wisconsin 140
Colorado 140
Washington 130
Tennessee 120
Connecticut 120
Missouri 110
Alabama 110
Oklahoma 100
Utah 90
Kentucky 90
Delaware 80
Iowa 80
South Carolina 70
District of Columbia 70
New Mexico 60
Kansas 60
Montana 50
Nebraska 50
Nevada 50
Louisiana 50
Arkansas 50
Oregon 40
Rhode Island 40
Maine 30

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