Chiropractor

What They Do

Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustments, manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients' health concerns, such as back and neck pain.


How to Become One

Chiropractors must get a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and a state license. Doctor of Chiropractic programs typically take 4 years to complete and require at least 3 years of undergraduate college education for admission.


Pay

The median annual wage for chiropractors was $66,160 in May 2012.


Job Outlook & Work Environment

Employment of chiropractors is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022.


Most chiropractors work in a solo or group chiropractic practice. A large number are self-employed.


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