A career in podiatry is one thing that those considering their future might want to consider. Podiatry is that profession that is focused on the prevention and management of problems of the foot and connected structures. Podiatric doctors use a range of different medical, physical, pharmacological, biomechanical and surgical interventions to deal with pretty much everything which can and does go wrong with the foot. The education to become podiatrist varies from country to country with the degree being a 4 yr undergraduate degree in most countries with post-graduate work in areas of speciality. In the USA it is a 4 yr post-graduate degree followed by a 3 year residency. The range of practice and the period of time of training does differ a great deal globally. A fairly easy look online will turn up the information required for learning in each country.
The longer term for podiatry is most likely pretty good because of the aging populace as well as the diabetes crisis being driven by the obesity emergency. Those in the older age groups have a much greater incidence of foot conditions, so as the populace ages, so too will the requirement for podiatrists. It's the same with the obesity problems which is leading to the greatly increased incidence of diabetes. People that have diabetes are at a substantially increased risk for conditions of the feet and even amputation, so in these people excellent foot care and podiatry management is crucial to avoid and treat these problems.
Podiatrists also work in lots of other distinct specialities such as sports medicine and paediatrics. Here they will use various treatment techniques to avoid and treat problems of the feet and leg in athletes and children. Their part is very helpful in these populations. In rheumatology settings they will be working with other health professionals to take care of all the complications that happen in the feet of those with the various joint disease type ailments.