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Working As An Associate Doctor

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $145,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Doctor Do

Chiropractors care for patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustments and manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients’ health concerns, such as back and neck pain.

Duties

Chiropractors typically do the following:

  • Assess a patient’s medical condition by reviewing their medical history, listening to the patient’s concerns, and performing a physical examination
  • Analyze the patient’s posture, spine, and reflexes
  • Conduct tests, including evaluating a patient’s posture and taking x rays
  • Provide neuromusculoskeletal therapy, which involves adjusting a patient’s spinal column and other joints by hand
  • Give additional treatments, such as applying heat or cold to a patient’s injured areas
  • Advise patients on health and lifestyle issues, such as exercise, nutrition, and sleep habits
  • Refer patients to other healthcare professionals, if needed

Chiropractors focus on patients’ overall health. Chiropractors believe that misalignments of the spinal joints interfere with a person’s neuromuscular system and can result in lower resistance to disease, as well as other conditions of poor health.

Some chiropractors use procedures such as massage therapy, rehabilitative exercise, and ultrasound in addition to spinal adjustments and manipulation. They also may apply supports, such as braces or shoe inserts, to treat patients and relieve pain.

In addition to operating a general chiropractic practice, some chiropractors concentrate in areas such as sports, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, or nutrition, among others. Chiropractors in private practice are responsible for marketing their businesses, hiring staff, and keeping records.

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How To Become An Associate Doctor

Chiropractors must earn a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and a state license. Doctor of Chiropractic programs typically take 4 years to complete and require at least 3 years of undergraduate college education for admission.

Education

Prospective chiropractors are required to have a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree—a postgraduate professional degree that typically takes 4 years to complete. In 2014, there were 15 Doctor of Chiropractic programs on 18 campuses accredited by The Council on Chiropractic Education.

Admission to D.C. programs requires at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate education, with courses in the liberal arts and sciences, such as physics, chemistry, and biology. However, many students earn a bachelor’s degree before applying to a chiropractic program.

Chiropractic education consists of classroom work in anatomy, physiology, biology, and similar subjects. Chiropractic students also get supervised clinical experience, in which they train in spinal assessment, spinal adjustment techniques, and diagnosis. D.C. programs also may include classroom work in business management and billing and finance.

Some chiropractors complete postgraduate programs offered by associations leading to diplomate credentials. These programs provide additional training in specialty areas, such as orthopedics and pediatrics, and classes are taken at chiropractic colleges. Others may choose to earn a master’s degree in a related topic, such as nutrition or sports rehabilitation. Some D.C. programs offer a dual-degree option, in which students may earn a master’s degree in a second topic while completing their D.C.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states and the District of Columbia require chiropractors to be licensed. Although specific requirements vary by state, all jurisdictions require the completion of an accredited Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program. Some states require chiropractors to have a bachelor’s degree.

In addition, all jurisdictions require passing the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners exam, which includes basic and clinical sciences, clinical case studies, and a practical exam. Many jurisdictions also require applicants to pass state-specific law exams, called jurisprudence exams. All states require continuing education to maintain a chiropractic license. Check with your state’s board of chiropractic examiners or health department for more specific information on licensure.  

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Chiropractors must determine the best course of action when treating a patient. They must also decide when to refer patients to other healthcare professionals.

Detail oriented. Chiropractors must be observant and pay attention to details so that they can make proper diagnoses and avoid mistakes that could harm patients.

Dexterity. Because they use their hands to perform manual adjustments to the spine and other joints, chiropractors should have good coordination to perform therapy effectively.

Empathy. Chiropractors often care for people who are in pain. They must be understanding and sympathetic to their patients’ problems and needs.  

Interpersonal skills. Chiropractors must be personable in order to keep clients coming to their practice. Also, because chiropractors frequently touch patients in performing therapy, they should be able to put their patients at ease.

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Associate Doctor Demographics

Gender

Male

62.8%

Female

21.2%

Unknown

16.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Asian

14.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.1%

Russian

16.7%

Portuguese

5.6%

French

5.6%

Hindi

5.6%

Dutch

5.6%
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Associate Doctor Education

Schools

Palmer College of Chiropractic

23.6%

Life University

19.7%

Texas Chiropractic College

8.9%

New York Chiropractic College

6.4%

Life Chiropractic College-West

5.7%

Parker University

5.1%

Sherman College of Chiropractic

4.5%

Southern California University of Health Sciences

3.8%

National University of Health Sciences

3.2%

University of Western States

2.5%

University of Bridgeport

2.5%

Northwestern Health Sciences University

2.5%

Northwestern College

1.9%

Samford University

1.9%

University of Texas at Tyler

1.3%

Won Institute of Graduate Studies

1.3%

Harvard University

1.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

1.3%

Southern California College of Optometry

1.3%

Logan University

1.3%
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Majors

Chiropractic

63.0%

Biology

5.7%

Human Biology

4.2%

Business

2.7%

Medicine

2.3%

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

2.3%

Nursing

2.3%

Kinesiology

1.9%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

1.9%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.5%

Health Care Administration

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Psychology

1.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.1%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.1%

Optometry

1.1%

Veterinary Science

1.1%

Chemistry

1.1%

Rehabilitation Science

1.1%

Physician Assistant

1.1%
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Degrees

Doctorate

65.7%

Other

11.8%

Bachelors

9.7%

Masters

8.4%

Certificate

2.2%

Associate

1.6%

Diploma

0.6%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Wyoming
Avg Experience Level
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How much does an Associate Doctor make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Doctor in the United States is $145,160 per year or $70 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $300,000.

Real Associate Doctor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Doctor IF Chiropractic Roman Chiropractic Glendale, CA Jun 16, 2014 $104,350 -
$125,220
Associate Doctor of Optometry Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Catskill, NY Oct 01, 2009 $95,000
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Mark A. Eastland San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2010 $85,240
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Kim Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center--Blue B Blue Bell, PA Jun 16, 2012 $75,000
Associate Doctor Taatjes Inc. Petaluma, CA Sep 16, 2014 $69,121
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Roman Chiropractic Glendale, CA Jun 16, 2014 $62,610 -
$83,480
Associate Doctor Taatjes Chiropractic Inc. Petaluma, CA Sep 02, 2015 $61,131
Associate Doctor Rainier Chiropractic, PLLC Seattle, WA Aug 02, 2010 $60,000
Associate Doctor Rainier Chiropractic, PLLC Seattle, WA Jul 26, 2010 $60,000
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Kim Chiropractic & Rehab Center-Blue Bell Blue Bell, PA Sep 01, 2015 $60,000
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Kim Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center--Blue B Blue Bell, PA Sep 10, 2013 $60,000
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Mark A. Eastland San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2010 $58,240
Associate Doctor Milton Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Inc. Quincy, MA Jun 28, 2010 $58,000
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Kim Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center--Blue B Blue Bell, PA Sep 10, 2013 $55,000
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Complete Chiropractic P.C. Colorado Springs, CO Oct 01, 2010 $55,000
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Allegany Chiropractic Center, Inc. Hagerstown, MD Aug 13, 2015 $52,000
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic McKinley Chiropractic Chicago, IL Sep 27, 2013 $51,376
Associate Doctor Smart Body Chiropractic & Wellness PC Pearland, TX Oct 01, 2012 $50,000
Associate Doctor of Acupuncture DR. Tadeusz Sztykowski, Inc. Providence, RI Apr 27, 2009 $49,608
Associate Doctor Dynamic Chiropractic Clinic of Bellevue, PLLC Redmond, WA Aug 29, 2015 $48,797
Associate Doctor Dynamic Chiropractic Clinic of Bellevue, PLLC Redmond, WA Nov 23, 2015 $48,797
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Roman Chiropractic Glendale, CA Jun 16, 2014 $48,000 -
$72,000
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Wellnessone of Eastgate, PS Bellevue, WA Oct 01, 2012 $45,600
Associate Doctor Devine Chiropractic & Rehab Center, P.S. Seattle, WA Jul 19, 2010 $45,000
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Wellnessone of Eastgate, PS Bellevue, WA Sep 21, 2010 $44,616
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic Kaufman Chiropractic Clinic Bothell, WA Sep 01, 2013 $40,500
Associate Doctor Friends and Family Spinal Care, Inc. Coral Springs, FL Feb 08, 2014 $38,400

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Top Skills for An Associate Doctor

  1. Patient Care
  2. Chiropractic
  3. Treatment Plans
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  • Managed all aspects of a typical personal injury practice for various owners including patient care, scheduling and all necessary reports.
  • Function: consultation and reports, physical therapy and chiropractic treatments performing examinations and x-rays.
  • Prepared radiology reports and treatment plans along with providing insurance carriers with medical reasoning for treatment/reimbursement.
  • Acted frequently as liaison between clinical staff insurance/clerical staff to clarify issues.
  • Conducted physical examination, physical therapy and treated personal injuries and workers compensation.

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  5. Nevada
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