Podiatry is an interesting and broad career which offers graduates a variety of employment options, both at home and abroad. It is a caring profession and allows successful graduates the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings. This coupled with a challenging scope of practice and a wide range of patients makes it a perfect option for well driven, enthusiastic people interested in getting involved in healthcare. It also gives professionals the option to work flexible times in their own private clinics.

Working as a podiatrist can be exciting and rewarding as it can involve working in a variety of environments with a number of different health care professionals. Over time many podiatrists find areas of clinical practice they are especially interested in and may want to focus their future careers on. Further training and education is readily available and podiatrists can gain extra expertise in areas like:

  • High risk foot management
  • Biomechanics
  • Podopaediatrics
  • Podiatric Surgery

Many podiatrists are employed in private practice working in private clinics, patient’s homes, GP surgeries, nursing homes, sports clubs or community health centres. There are other opportunities available in the HSE and with Diabetes Ireland with some of our current graduates employed with both around the country. Companies in industry and retail employ podiatrists as part of their occupational health team and opportunities exist in education and research.

Podiatric services are also well developed in other countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia. Graduates seeking employment outside of the Republic of Ireland may need to meet specific requirement for professional recognition/registration in other countries and often experience within the Republic is beneficial.

Employment rates have been well over 90% in our first two cohorts of graduates and many of this year’s graduates have already found employment within the profession. Areas of employment include private practice, HSE posts, working with Diabetes Ireland, education and postgraduate research.  

 

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Above: Figure represents what sectors our graduates are working in at the moment. Over 90% of our graduates go on to get employment within the first 6 months of graduation.