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What They Do:
Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery involving the lower extremities. Podiatrists treat a variety of foot and ankle ailments, including calluses, ingrown toenails, heel spurs, arthritis, congenital foot and ankle deformities, and arch problems. They also treat foot and leg problems associated with diabetes and other diseases. Some podiatrists spend most of their time performing surgery, such as foot and ankle reconstruction. Others may choose a specialty such as sports medicine, pediatrics, or diabetic foot care.

Work Environment:
Most podiatrists work full time. Podiatrists’ offices may be open in the evenings or on weekends to accommodate patients. Self-employed podiatrists or those who own their practice may set their own hours. In hospitals, podiatrists may have to work occasional nights or weekends, or may be on call.

How to Become One:
Podiatrists must earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree and complete a 3-year residency program. Every state requires podiatrists to be licensed. Admission to podiatric medicine programs requires at least 3 years of undergraduate education, including specific courses in laboratory sciences such as biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as general coursework in subjects such as English. In practice, nearly all prospective podiatrists earn a bachelor’s degree before attending a college of podiatric medicine. Admission to DPM programs requires taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Courses for a DPM degree are similar to those for other medical degrees. They include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology, among other subjects. During their last 2 years, podiatric medical students gain supervised experience by completing clinical rotations.

The median annual wage for podiatrists was $127,740 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $50,930, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000.

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University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL

We’re the University of South Alabama. South, for short. Home to more than 15,500 students and more than 100 academic programs, our University is a dynamic community of leaders and learners who support and challenge one another to be actively engaged citizens who advance the Gulf Coast region and the world.

Founded in 1963, South’s vision is to foster an environment that couples
engaging learning experiences with high-level research, enabling our faculty and students to be leaders in their disciplines. The unique and beautiful Gulf Coast region is a catalyst for discovery and innovation, and South’s 1,200-acre campus has been transformed over the past decade with new facilities and resources for housing and recreation, health sciences, the arts, engineering, computer science and athletics.

Jaguar athletes compete in 17 Division I sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

The coastal region is healthier because of the USA Health system. Through its five components — USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, USA Medical Center, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, USA Physicians Group and the College of Medicine — USA Health provides care to hundreds of thousands of people and is a training ground for future physicians and health care


USA is a place where students discover and strengthen their career passions, and form connections that result in lifelong relationships. At South, we look at the world and see things that we have the power to change, affect and shape — together. So that’s exactly what we do, every single day.

We are South!

Quick Facts:

Medium Sized
10,988 total undergrads
1,886 degree-seeking freshmen

56% of financial need met (average)
$10,816 average financial aid package

Tuition and fees:
$18,780 out-of-state
$9,390 in-state

Admissions Requirements

ACT or SAT: Required
SAT Subject: Optional

Acceptance Rate: 
Less selective
81% of applicants admitted

Test Score Average:
ACT: 22
GPA: n/a



What it's about: 
Women's studies is an interdisciplinary major that examines the connections between gender, sexuality, power, and inequality.  You study such issues as oppression of women and sexual minorities; class exploration; racism; and women's cultural and historical roles, both in the U.S. and around the world. 

Is this for you: 
You might like this major if you also like: thinking about the differences between men and women; seeing connections between ideas, people, and systems; thinking about issues in a comprehensive way.  

Consider this major if you are good at: critical thinking/reading, organizing, persuading/influencing, research, teamwork or have tolerance for ambiguity. 

Career options and trends: 
Some women's studies graduates go on to activist careers in social and political issues or social services.  Others find jobs in education (all levels), business, public policy and administration, health services, communications, and film.