Occupation & Description :
Chiropractors treat their patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system. This system includes the following: nerves, muscles, bones and tendons. Using equipment such as spinal adjustments, manipulation and some other techniques help to manage the patients pain and health issues.
Certifications Necessary to Practice (Schooling)
ALL Chiropractors must complete/get a D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic) degree AND a state license. This program normally takes 4 years to get through and they all require AT LEAST 3 years of undergraduate college education to be able to practice on patients.
A day in the life of a Chiropractor includes performing a series of hands on adjustments to the spine, neck, arms, legs, or any part of the body. Also the Chiropractor needs to evaluate the neuromuscularskeletal system to see if it is functioning correctly. They can do this by using systems that their office provides. Diagnosing the patient plays a huge role in the daily activities of a Chiropractor because in order for the patient to get better, they need to know what is wrong with them. The Chiropractor can use x-rays to interpret their diagnosis. The Chiropractor needs to keep records of all the patients history and make sure they are accurate for future visits.
Job Duties and Tasks for: "Chiropractor"
To become a Chiropractor you need at least 4 years of professional study and also you need a 4-year undergraduate/college prerequisite. During the 4 years of training, 2 of those years have to be basic sciences to be able to successfully complete Part 1 of the National Boards. 2 years after that are your clinical sciences where you would go ahead and take Part 2 of the National Boards. Part 3 and 4 of the National Boards include the specific training for a Chiropractor. Some of these areas are diagnostic imaging, chiropractor technique, and case management.
Chiropractor Educational Requirements
Skills Necessary To Be Successful
A lot of skills are needed to be a successful Chiropractor and to be able to really interact and treat your patients. Some of these skills include active listening, speaking, critical thinking, reading comprehension, writing, social perceptiveness, complex problem solving, judgment and decision making, service orientation, science, active learning, time management, monitoring and coordination. All of these skills play a huge role in becoming a Chiropractor. On a daily basis, you are interacting with patients and you need to have the ability to explain/talk to them about what is going on with their body in a language that they understand,
Practice Setting (Where do you work?)
The majority of Chiropractors work in a private practice setting with their own office and their own workers. But, they can also work in hospitals, health maintenance organizations (HMO's) and sometimes chiropractic colleges.
Work Activities/Work Locations
The employment for Chiropractors is projected to grow much faster than average jobs and the job prospects should be good. The employment is expected to grow by about 20% between 2008 and 2018.
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