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Job Prospects

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.

How to become a podiatrist

What they do

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.

their tasks may include:

  • examining patients' feet to determine the nature and extent of conditions, deformities and injuries
  • examining and treating foot disabilities caused by diseases such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and other neuropathies
  • prescribing and arranging the fabrication of footwear to correct foot abnormalities
  • performing minor surgery to remove and improve abnormal conditions
  • prescribing and fitting replaceable pads, palliative and functional supports and other devices for the protection and correction of foot abnormalities
  • advising patients about continued treatment and foot care
  • providing rehabilitation services to the physically handicapped
  • refering patients to or having patients referred from Medical Practitioners.


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.

Cost of study

Bachelor of Podiatry
$20,000 over three years

 Average costs in 2018 for a domestic student. Costs vary between institutions. First time students may be eligible for fees-free
tertiary education for their first year of study, which will reduce the total cost. For more information about fees-free eligibility, go to Some polytechnics may have a zero-fees scheme. 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.

Tenancy Services:

Where to study

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.


Income and employment prospects


In 2019, the average annual income for podiatrists is estimated to be around $58,900.

Estimated Average Income

Source: MBIE estimates based on Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index

Employment and skill shortages

Podiatrists’ employment

HistoricProjected Growth
2006 2013 2023 2028
231 291 330 350
  3.4% 2.2% 1.2%

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 strongly percentagewise between 2006 and 2013, although the small size of the occupation means the absolute growth was only 60. 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.

 Employment chart

Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections

Podiatrists are not on Immigration New Zealand’s skill shortage lists.

Immigration NZ, skill shortage list:

Where to find job vacancies

Podiatrist vacancies are advertised through public media such as Podiatry NZ, Trade Me Jobs, Seek and KiwiHealth Jobs.

Trade Me Jobs:
Kiwi Health Jobs:

Career path

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.

Related occupations

The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level podiatrists.

  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatric Surgeon

Other information


More information on podiatrists is available on the Careers New Zealand website, and from Podiatry NZ.

Podiatry NZ:
Careers New Zealand:


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:

2526 –Podiatrists