Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-1081 Podiatrists
Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Surgically treat conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, and abscesses. Diagnose diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, x-rays, and laboratory test results. Prescribe medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery. Advise patients about treatments and foot care techniques necessary for prevention of future problems. Treat bone, muscle, and joint disorders affecting the feet and ankles. Refer patients to physicians when symptoms indicative of systemic disorders, such as arthritis or diabetes, are observed in feet and legs. Make and fit prosthetic appliances. Correct deformities by means of plaster casts and strapping. Perform administrative duties such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, and keeping records. Educate the public about the benefits of foot care through techniques such as speaking engagements, advertising, and other forums. Treat deformities using mechanical methods, such as whirlpool or paraffin baths, and electrical methods, such as short wave and low voltage currents.
License: This applicant must make application to the State Board of Podiatry by requesting an application package either by mail, telephone, or email through the Board website. The applicant will be required to submit additional documentation of education, citizen status, and references. Additional information may be requested that the Board deems necessary to evaluate the applicant’s qualifications. Upon completion of the application process, the candidate will be scheduled for the Jurisprudence Law Examination. Upon passing the examination, the candidate will receive a license to practice in Alabama. Initial License Fee: $100.00 Jurisprudence Law Examination Fee: $100.00 License Renewal Fee: $400.00 Initial Controlled Substance License Fee: $50.00 Controlled Substance License Renewal Fee: $50.00
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $36.18   Entry $75,245.00
Mean $76.44   Mean $158,990.00
Experience $96.57 Experience $200,857.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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