The field of chiropractic is now one of the most established forms of complementary medicine in the United States. The basis of treatments is non-invasive physical adjustments to the spine and joints to optimize nerve function.
If you’re looking for a first, second, or even third career in healing, becoming a chiropractor can be a stable and rewarding path.
1. You‘ll Be in Demand
The “gray tsunami” washing over America means more elderly will be needing the kinds of preventative and maintenance treatments chiropractors provide. According to research company IBISWorld, close to 40 percent of chiropractic patients in the United States are aged 50 or above—and this age group will continue to grow.
Chiropractors see patients of all ages, and in recent years, more parents have sought out chiropractic care for their children, according to the report.
Several years ago, the American College of Physicians began recommending that doctors steer patients with back pain to chiropractors before opting for surgery, and some insurance plans require it. In addition, a non-discrimination clause in the Affordable Care Act gives more patients access to insurance coverage for chiropractic care.
2. You‘ll Be Highly Satisfied
It’s gratifying to have a patient come to you in pain and be able to get them out of it, especially when they’ve already tried many other approaches that haven’t worked. One of the main reasons to choose chiropractic is to make a difference in the health of your community by offering gentle, drug-free treatments that alleviate a variety of conditions.
And while medical doctors tend to report feeling stressed, being a chiropractor is one of the least stressful jobs, according to job hunting site Career Cast. This means you’ll have the mental and emotional space to truly support yourself, your family, and your patients.
3. Your Job Will Be Secure and Independent
You might be surprised to learn that chiropractic is the No. 1 most secure job based on unemployment rates and projected growth, according to MarketWatch. It also pays comfortably, with a median annual salary at around $66,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
And you get to be your own boss. Chiropractors are self-employed and either own their practices, join with a partner, or integrate into other holistic-care clinics.
4. Your Education Will Be Complete, but Not Overwhelming
You can become a fully licensed Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) in less than 3.5 years, which is a lot less time than it takes to become a dentist or physician. The training will give you a foundation in subjects like anatomy, biochemistry, and microbiology, and of course chiropractic-specific theory and treatments, plus over 1,000 hours of experience with patients. Being a chiropractor is also typically a 9-to-5 job.
5. Your Future Looks Bright
The chiropractic industry is growing faster than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of chiropractors will grow by 15 percent between 2012 and 2022.
New York Chiropractic College combines nationally recognized academic and scientific excellence with real-world clinical experience unmatched by other chiropractic schools. To learn more about the school’s diverse, yet integrated multidisciplinary degrees in chiropractic, acupuncture, and applied clinical nutrition visit www.nycc.edu
New York Chiropractic College
2360 State Route 89
Seneca Falls, NY 13148