Careers in the Licensed Professions


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A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) who diagnoses, treats, operates, and prescribes for any disease, injury, deformity, or other condition of the foot. Podiatrists can treat any condition of the foot, such as the following:

  • injuries to bones (including fractures), tendons, and soft tissue
  • foot problems resulting from illness such as diabetes, arthritis, AIDS, and cardiovascular diseases
  • bacterial and fungal infections, as well as skin and nail disorders
  • benign and cancerous tumors
  • congenital and acquired deformities


At least 60 semester hours of college study from a Department registered program, or equivalent, including courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology or zoology, and physics


Receive the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from a Department-registered podiatry licensure program, or equivalent.


At least one year of supervised postgraduate hospital training in podiatry approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.


Parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) examination.

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.




Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $129,550 in the U.S., $130,230 in NY
  • Salary range: $97,890-$190,600
  • Projected growth: faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Private and community practice
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Colleges and universities

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Preparation in the sciences
  • Planning and performing medical procedures

Professional Skills

  • Concern for others
  • Analytical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a podiatrist about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020