Job responsibilities: Podiatrist diagnose and treat leg conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg

Work environment: Podiatrist work in may different environments including private offices, hospital clinics, health maintenance organizations, public health agencies, and nursing homes.

Qualifications: Before applying to podiatry school you must have at least 3 years or more of college, and 90% of the students that apply have their bachelor's degree. In addition to going to college before applying to podiatry school it is also required to go to graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry. Podiatrists are also required to take state and national exams issued by the state in which they practice podiatry.

Salary: Between $81,300 to $187,200 per year

Additional information: Residency programs can last between 1 to 3 years. Podiatrists can specialize in fields including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. There are more than 17,800 podiatrist practicing in the US today.