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Also called: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Podiatric Physician, Podiatric Surgeon, Podiatrist

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, or Navy.

What they do:
Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Concern for Others
  • Persistence
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Advantage Software Podiatry Advantage
  • Fox Meadows Software MediNotes e
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Scanner imaging software


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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