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Chiropractors

Chiropractors
Quick Facts : Chiropractors*
2010 Median Pay$67,200
Entry Level EducationDoctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201252,600
Job Outlook28% (Faster than average)
Employment Change14,900


Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the muscuskeletal system. This part of the body includes bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons and they specialize in areas of the back and neck using spinal manipulation. Some chiropractors use additional procedures, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and ultrasound.

What Chiropractors Do

  • Assess a patient's medical condition by reviewing his or her medical history, listening to the patient's concerns, and performing a physical examination
  • Provide musculoskeletal therapy, which involves adjusting a patient's spinal column and other joints by hand
  • Conduct additional diagnostic tests, including evaluating a patient's posture or taking x rays
  • Provide additional treatments, such as applying heat or cold to a patient's injured areas
  • Advise patients on health and lifestyle issues, such as exercise and sleep habits

Work Environment

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

Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020 as people across all age groups are increasingly seeking chiropractic care.
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Pay

The average salary of chiropractors was $67,200 in May 2010.
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Chiropractors*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Chiropractors

67200

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Chiropractors*
Percent Change in Employment

Chiropractors

28.327

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Chiropractors

Becoming a chiropractor requires earning a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and getting a state license. Doctor of Chiropractic programs take 4 years to complete and require 3 years of previous undergraduate college education for admission.
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