Chiropractor Job Description
Chiropractors help patients manage back and neck pain by providing treatments to the musculoskeletal system. Traditional chiropractors focus their efforts spinal manipulation, but modern chiropractors may also offer additional treatments including massage therapy, acupuncture, and ultrasound.
Supplementary measures may also be recommended to correct a patient’s problems, including sleep schedules, exercise, and nutritional therapy.
Some chiropractors are specialized. For example, they may choose to focus on pediatrics, imaging, sports injuries, or other areas of specialty.
Responsibilities for chiropractor jobs often include:
- Diagnosing patients’ health problems and determining if chiropractic care is right for them.
- Referring patients to other healthcare providers when necessary for treatment.
- Arranging for x-rays and interpreting the results to identify problem areas.
Work Environment and Schedule
Depending on their preferences, chiropractors can either manage their own practice or partner with a larger group of chiropractors. Either way, their days are spent inside offices.
Compared to many other medical professionals, chiropractors work a pretty stable schedule, though some evening hours may be required to accommodate clients’ work schedules. Often times, chiropractor offices are closed on the weekends, so their weekends are free.
How to Become a Chiropractor
Chiropractors must have a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and be licensed by the state they work in. As part of the necessary licensing, most states require the successful completion of an exam administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Since chiropractors work directly with people, they need to have great personal skills and demonstrate empathy to patients experiencing pain.
They must also be very detail oriented and observant to make the correct diagnoses. A bad diagnosis can lead to treatment that could harm a patient.
If running their own practice, chiropractors must be able to handle the marketing, bookkeeping, and record keeping for their office.
There are currently 52,600 chiropractors in the United States, with 2,530 new chiropractor job openings created each year.
Chiropractor jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Chiropractor salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most chiropractors make between $45,800 – $96,600 per year, or $22.01 – $46.43 per hour.