Alternative titles for this job
Podiatrists diagnose, treat and prevent foot and lower limb problems.
Podiatrists usually earn
$50K-$70K per year
Senior podiatrists usually earn
$70K-$98K per year
Source: Podiatry NZ, 2022.
Pay for podiatrists varies depending on experience and level of responsibility.
- Graduate podiatrists usually start on about $50,000 to $52,000 a year.
- Podiatrists with two to three years' experience usually earn up to $70,000.
- Senior podiatrists and managers can earn between $70,000 and $98,000.
Podiatrists in private practice may earn more depending on the success of the business.
Source: Podiatry New Zealand, 2022.
(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the sources of our pay information)
What you will do
Podiatrists may do some or all of the following:
- treat foot problems, sports injuries and walking or running disorders
- treat gait (walking) abnormalities in children
- prescribe and arrange the making of orthotics (inner soles) to correct foot problems
- advise patients about foot health, prevention and treatment of problems, and choice of shoes
- perform foot surgery such as nail or wart removal, or toe realignment
- carry out biomechanical assessments.
Skills and knowledge
Podiatrists need to have knowledge of:
- the structure and function of the skeleton and its muscular system
- medical conditions that influence mobility
- various medicines and how they affect the body
- different x-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques
- how to sculpt orthotics (inner soles)
- how to carry out minor surgical operations.
Podiatrists who run their own businesses also need business skills.
Podiatrists usually work:
- regular business hours
- in clinics or from their homes, but may also work in hospitals, marae or shoe shops.
To become a podiatrist you need a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in podiatry from Auckland University of Technology (AUT), or an overseas qualification recognised by the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand.
You also need to be registered with the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand and have a current Annual Practising Certificate.
- Auckland University of Technology website - information about the Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry)
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, physical education, health and English.
Podiatrists need to be:
- patient, friendly and helpful
- practical and accurate, with an eye for detail
- efficient and able to work well independently
- good listeners and communicators
- good at time management.
Useful experience for podiatrists includes:
- work caring for people, such as nursing
- experience in shoe manufacturing or sports industries.
Podiatrists need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).
Podiatrists need to be registered with the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand and have a current Annual Practising Certificate.
- Podiatrists Board of New Zealand website - information on registration
- Podiatrists Board of New Zealand website - information about Annual Practising Certificates
Find out more about training
- Podiatrists Board of New Zealand
- (04) 474 0706 - email@example.com - www.podiatristsboard.org.nz
- Podiatry New Zealand
- (04) 904 4212 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.podnz.org
What are the chances of getting a job?
Best job chances outside Auckland
Demand for podiatrists is higher in rural areas rather than in Auckland. Auckland University of Technology is the only place to study podiatry and so competition for Auckland based jobs is high.
Demand for podiatrists is growing due to:
- increased funding for podiatry services for health problems such as diabetes
- an ageing population, meaning more people will need treatment for age-related foot and walking problems
- increasing numbers of people with diabetes and obesity, which can cause foot problems
- more awareness of, and demand for, sports podiatrists.
Podiatrist appears on Immigration New Zealand's Green List. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled podiatrists from overseas to work in New Zealand.
According to the Census, 390 podiatrists worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Direct approach best way to get work as a podiatrist
Job vacancies for podiatrists are often not advertised. Approach podiatry businesses directly for work opportunities, or ask Podiatry New Zealand to be connected to a mentor.
Most podiatrists are self-employed
Seventy seven percent of podiatrists are self-employed. Podiatrists may also work for:
- established private practices
- public hospitals
- universities, teaching or doing research
- private hospitals or rest homes.
- Immigration New Zealand, Green List, January 2023, (www.immigration.govt.nz).
- Pelvin, J, chief executive officer, Podiatry New Zealand, Careers New Zealand interview, April 2017.
- Podiatrists Board of New Zealand website, accessed April 2022, (www.podiatristsboard.org.nz).
- Stats NZ, '2018 Census Data', 2019.
(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the sources of our job opportunities information)
Progression and specialisations
Podiatrists may progress to work in managerial or educational roles, or establish their own practice.
Podiatrists may specialise in:
- high-risk feet (diabetes)
- sports injuries
- paediatrics (children's feet)
- aged care.
Last updated 20 January 2023