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Chiropractor
“If you have a pain in the neck...back...call us!”
diagnose and treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system and treat the effects of those problems on the nervous system and on general health.
The Job
The chiropractic approach to health care stresses the patient's overall health. Chiropractors provide natural, drugless, nonsurgical health treatments, relying on the body's inherent recuperative abilities. They also recognize that many factors affect health, including exercise, diet, rest, environment, and heredity. Chiropractors recommend changes in lifestyle that affect those factors. In some situations, chiropractors refer patients to or consult with other health practitioners.
Work Environment
Chiropractors work in clean, comfortable offices. Like other health practitioners, chiropractors are sometimes on their feet for long periods.
College Majors
bachelor's degree
Minimum Qualifications
Chiropractors must be licensed, which requires 2 to 4 years of undergraduate education, the completion of a 4-year chiropractic college course, and passing scores on national and State examinations.
Personality traits helpful for this career
As in other health-related occupations, empathy, understanding, and the desire to help others are good qualities for dealing effectively with patients.
Quick Facts
  • Job prospects should be good; employment is expected to grow faster than average because of increasing consumer demand for alternative health care.
  • Chiropractors must be licensed, requiring 2 to 4 years of undergraduate education, the completion of a 4-year chiropractic college course, and passing scores on national and State examinations.
  • About 52 percent of chiropractors were self employed.
  • Earnings are relatively low in the beginning but increase as the practice grows.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of salaried chiropractors were $66,490 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $45,540 and $96,700 a year. In 2009, the mean salary for chiropractors was $94,454 according to a survey conducted by Chiropractic Economics magazine.
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