From what I see the need is there. But will they pay well if DPM's have trouble getting reimbursement, as many procedures (though more & more are) are being are paid for very little by Medicare/Medicaid & private insurance. Will Pod asst's grow like PT or OT assistants or will the growth be much slower due to a DPM's inability or reluctance to employ them? Or will it explode with growth like Dental Hygientists? This asst career may be an option for those that don't want to go the whole way through Pod school, yet want to still be in the field & with flex hours & much more time for a family. If you need only 20K to live on, this may do the job with a ton less stress.