Chiropractor

Cole Steinmetz

Job Description:

Chiropractors work with injuries of the neuromuscular system, which includes different muscles, nerves, and bones of the back. They will often use manipulation, and other techniques to provide pain relief and muscle enhancements.

Necessary Certification:

All states require chiropractors to be licensed through the completion of an accredited Doctorate of Chiropractic program. They must also complete an exam before the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, which will verify whether one is able to practice chiropractic in that state.


Daily Activities:

  • Meet with patients/clients to determine the source of their issue and work to fix it
  • Perform tests on patients for better understanding of what should be done as part of their treatment
  • Advise patients of lifestyle changes for their benefit
  • Record the steps taken with the patient and file
  • Meet with other chiropractic practitioners to stay up to date on education of the practice


Education Requirements:

  • All chiropractic practitioners are required to obtain a doctorate of chiropractic which is 4 years of post-graduate school.
  • After completion of this, most graduates will either take additional post graduate courses in science or chiropractics, and or will jump straight into their residency program


Pay:

The average annual pay for a Chiropractor is $66,000 as of 2012.


Skills Necessary:

  • Able to think for themselves and make decisions based off previous knowledge
  • Calm and collected while meeting with patients
  • Able to perform necessary tasks to help the patient
  • Charismatic to build relationships with patients


Practice Settings:

Most Chiropractic practitioners will work within a hospital either in their own renovated building or a medical facility, such as a hospital.


Job Outlook:

The employment of chiropractors is expected to increase 15% from 2012 to 2022. This is very significant and very encouraging.


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Citations:

Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chiropractors. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Chiropractors.htm#tab-1