Job Prospects... At a glance
Job prospects for podiatrists are quite good. Employment numbers in this occupation are small, but growing. Fees are slightly below average and income is above average.
Podiatrists examine and treat people who have injuries or disabilities in their feet or lower legs. This work can involve offering advice on foot care, prescribing soles for footwear, or referring patients to a doctor.
To become a podiatrist, you need a Bachelor of Health Science with a major in podiatry. This usually takes three years to complete.
Podiatrists must also be registered with and hold an annual practising certificate issued by the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand.
|Bachelor of Podiatry|
|$18,500 over three years|
Approximate costs in 2016 for domestic students. Costs vary between institutions. Further costs include materials, textbooks, and accommodation.
Rents vary from place to place. Estimated market rents by region, city and suburb are available on the MBIE Tenancy Services website.
The StudyLink website provides general budget advice for students, and the Sorted website provides help with detailed budget planning.
AUT is the only institution in New Zealand that offers the Bachelor of Health Science with the option of majoring in podiatry. This is programme is located at AUT’s campus on the North Shore in Auckland.
In 2016, the average annual income for podiatrists is estimated to be around $55,000.
|Estimated Average Income|
Source: MBIE estimates based on Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index
Source: Statistics NZ Census, Podiatry NZ and MBIE projections. Percentages are compound annual growth rates.
* Growth projections are based on the broader category “Health Therapy Professionals”. NOTE: growth between 2006 and 2016 is somewhat unreliable because of different data sources.
The number of podiatrists in employment grew quickly percentagewise between 2006 and 2016, although the small size of the occupation means the absolute growth was only 150. This occupation is projected to keep growing at a fast rate, which should mean there will be demand for new podiatrists. The growing demand is due to an ageing population and a rise in diabetes-related foot conditions. However, the small size of the occupation means there is likely to be large local differences in demand.
Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections
|Overseas||In further study||Receiving a benefit||In employment||Median Salary|
Source: Ministry of Education
*Two years after completion of Bachelor Degree - Rehabilitation Therapies. ‘Overseas’ refers to the percentage of ALL graduates completing this qualification. Other indicators refer only to graduates living in New Zealand.
Two years after completing a bachelor’s degree in the broader category ‘Rehabilitation therapies’, most graduates were in employment. A relatively high proportion of graduates were overseas, and relatively few were in further study. Very few were receiving benefits. The median salary was around $48,200 two years after graduating.
Podiatrists are not on Immigration New Zealand’s skill shortage lists.
Immigration NZ, skill shortage list: skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz
The number of online job vacancies for podiatrists has been fairly stable since around 2011, following a decline in the two years before that. In 2016, the number of advertisements was about 90% of what it was in 2008.
Jobs advertised chart
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Podiatrist vacancies are advertised through public media such as Podiatry NZ, Trade Me Jobs and Seek.
Most podiatrists are self-employed, and the rest mostly work for private practices or public hospitals. As podiatrists gain experience, they can get more responsibility and higher wages.
The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level podiatrists.
More information on podiatrists is available on the Careers New Zealand website, and from Podiatry NZ.
The Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is the official classification of occupations in New Zealand.
The occupation of podiatrist has been coded to the following ANZSCO code for the purpose of this report: