Chiropractor

Career Goal: To become a chiropractor. -By Erika Bute

Career Overview

Chiropractors treat patients who have problems of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They are most known for the hands-on-technique that practice to adjust imbalances in the skeletal system. Chiropractors try to help patients with overall health and wellness.

Skills & Interests

Most important skills for this career-

  • Listening
  • Thinking Critically
  • Being Aware of Others
This career is a good fit for your personality & interests if you are-

  • Social- You work, communicate and teach others
  • Investigative- You work with ideas by watching, learning and problem-solving

Working Conditions

Chiropractors typically work in office settings that are clean and comfortable. They spend a lot of time on their feet examining a patient. They also use their hands almost all day to resolve problems dealing with people's skeletal system. Chiropractors work on average about 40 hours a week. Although many work longer hours especially if they are solo practitioners. Many work on weekends to accommodate with their patients.

Wages & Outlook

Wages-
  • U.S median is $32.52 an hour
  • Minnesota statewide median $26.05 an hour
Outlook-
  • It is in moderate demand
  • 14.61% grow rate
  • 310 chiropractors needed between 2012 and 2022

Related Occupations

  • Naturopathic Physicians
  • Collage Health Specialties Teachers

Program of Study

Must earn the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from an accredited chiropractic college. This is a 4-year degree program that only a handful of collages offer.

Program Admission

Courses needed in high school to get your diploma

  • 4 credits English/Language Arts
  • 3 credits Mathematics
  • 3 credits Science
  • 3.5 credits Social Studies
  • 7 credits Electives
Beneficial classes to take in high school that will prepare you to become a Chiropractor

  • Nutrition
  • Chemistry
  • Human Development
  • World Languages
  • Anatomy

Program Coursework

Students typically take courses and labs in-

  • Anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Chiropractic Philosophy
  • Diagnosis.

Related Programs

  • Orthopedic Exercise Specialty Certification
  • Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
  • Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians
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