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Career and Education Opportunities for Podiatrists in Phoenix, Arizona

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for podiatrists in the Phoenix, Arizona area. There are currently 180 jobs for podiatrists in Arizona and this is projected to grow 23% to 220 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for podiatrists, which sees this job pool growing by about 9.0% over the next eight years. Podiatrists generally diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.

The income of a podiatrist is about $51 per hour or $107,520 annually on average in Arizona. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $54 hourly or $113,560 yearly on average. Incomes for podiatrists are not quite as good as in the overall category of General Medical in Arizona, and not quite as good as the overall General Medical category nationally. Podiatrists work in a variety of jobs, including: foot specialist, foot roentgenologist, and foot and ankle surgeon.

There are seventy-six schools of higher education in the Phoenix area, including one within twenty-five miles of Phoenix where you can get a degree to start your career as a podiatrist. Podiatrists usually hold post-Doctoral training, so you can expect to spend at least four or five years training to become a podiatrist if you already have a Bachelor's degree, or at least eight to ten years starting with a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Podiatrist

Podiatrist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, podiatrists diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.

Podiatrists treat bone and joint disorders affecting the feet. They also refer patients to physicians when symptoms indicative of systemic disorders. Equally important, podiatrists have to advise patients about treatments and foot care techniques needed for prevention of future problems. They are often called upon to surgically treat conditions such as corns and abscesses. They are expected to prescribe medications or surgery. Finally, podiatrists make and fit prosthetic appliances.

Every day, podiatrists are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for podiatrists to treat deformities using mechanical methods, such as whirlpool or paraffin baths, and electrical methods, such as short wave and low voltage currents. They are often called upon to diagnose diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, x-rays, and laboratory test results. Somewhat less frequently, podiatrists are also expected to surgically treat conditions such as corns and abscesses.

They also have to be able to correct deformities by means of plaster casts and strapping and make and fit prosthetic appliances. And finally, they sometimes have to perform administrative duties such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, and keeping records.

Like many other jobs, podiatrists must be thorough and dependable and have exceptional integrity.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Phoenix include:

  • Emergency Medical Technician. Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
  • Family Practice Physician. Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population.
  • Pharmacist. Compound and dispense medications following prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other authorized medical practitioners.
  • Physician Assistant. Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.
  • Registered Nurse. Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Podiatrist Training

Midwestern University - Glendale, AZ

Midwestern University, 19555 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308. Midwestern University is a small university located in Glendale, Arizona. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 1,792 students. Midwestern University has a doctor's degree program in Podiatric Medicine/Podiatry which graduated thirteen students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona photo by Urban

Phoenix is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 1,567,924, which has grown by 18.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Phoenix, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Phoenix cost $218,200 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, 2,176 new homes were built in Phoenix, down from 6,560 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Phoenix are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, administrative and support and waste management services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 22.7% of Phoenix residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Phoenix is 10.0%, which is greater than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Phoenix residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. San Francisco Xavier and Good Shepherd Convent are among the churches located in Phoenix. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Phoenix is home to the Arizona Highway Patrol Headquarters and the Gila Valley Lookout as well as Indian Bend Park and Stephen Park. Shopping centers in the area include Alta Vista Shopping Center, Arcadia Plaza Shopping Center and Arcadia Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Phoenix can choose from Four Seasons Limousine LLC, Maricopa Manor B&B Inn and Motel 6 for temporary stays in the area.