Military Podiatrists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Podiatrists perform examinations to determine physiological and physical abnormalities of the foot, ankle, and surrounding structures. They order or perform tests, including x-rays, to determine cause of injury or disease. They provide surgical and non-surgical treatment for podiatric disorders. If the foot or ankle is fractured, the podiatrist will immobilize the area using braces, casts, or splints. In the Military, these medical professionals may address injuries and diseases related to combat.

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Work Environment

Podiatrists work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Podiatrists in the Military

888

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Salary

Average Salary

$119,442

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 46%
  • Doctoral degree 25%
  • First professional degree 12%
  • High school 7%
  • Post-secondary certificate 7%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for podiatrists primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety/TeamSTEPPS® Essentials and Fundamentals Mishap Investigation and Prevention Operational Aeromedical Problems Senior LeadershipJoint Operations Medical Management

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Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Clerical

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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