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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:
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.
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.
Hispanic or Latino11.5%
Black or African American0.7%
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Palmer College of Chiropractic21.3%
New York Chiropractic College10.7%
Northwestern Health Sciences University9.8%
Texas Chiropractic College7.3%
Southern California University of Health Sciences5.5%
National University of Health Sciences5.2%
Life Chiropractic College-West4.6%
Sherman College of Chiropractic3.4%
University of Bridgeport2.1%
University of Phoenix1.8%
University of Western States1.2%
California State University - Northridge1.2%
University of Florida0.9%
Pasadena City College0.9%
Mt San Antonio College0.9%
University of Southern Maine0.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Chiropractor||Kelly Murie, PLLC||Las Vegas, NV||Sep 27, 2016||$120,000|
|Chiropractor||DR. Karen M. Slota, BS D.C.||Farmington Hills, MI||Sep 03, 2015||$116,872|
|Chiropractor||Silbert Chiropractic Clinic PC||Southgate, MI||Sep 14, 2016||$116,872|
|Chiropractor||Impact Fitness, LLC||Los Altos, CA||Apr 30, 2016||$104,350|
|Chiropractor||SCR PS||Seattle, WA||Oct 16, 2015||$100,000|
|Chiropractor||Wellness Associates, PLLC||Mesa, AZ||Jan 26, 2016||$96,000|
|Chiropractor||Practice Partners, USA||Mount Airy, NC||Jan 10, 2016||$93,915 -
|Chiropractor||Life Is Motion LLC||Edmonds, WA||Apr 24, 2015||$90,979|
|Chiropractor||BMI Dc PS||Mill Creek, WA||Oct 14, 2015||$90,000|
|Chiropractor||Williams and Okin Chiropractic, PC||New York, NY||Sep 28, 2015||$85,000|
|Chiropractor||American Operations Inc.||McLean, VA||Nov 30, 2015||$80,000|
|Chiropractor||Spectra Healthcare Associates||Tampa, FL||Nov 18, 2015||$80,000|
|Chiropractor||Khalsa Chiropractic Office, P.C.||Cambridge, MA||Sep 06, 2015||$80,000|
|Chiropractor||Lisa Stein Chiropractic, Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Sep 14, 2015||$80,000 -
|Chiropractor||South Florida Injury Centers, Inc.||Port Saint Lucie, FL||Apr 08, 2015||$64,000|
|Chiropractor||Portolese Family Chiropractic||Lansdale, PA||Jan 12, 2015||$64,000|
|Chiropractor||Sacred Mountains, PLLC||Ketchum, ID||Jun 09, 2016||$63,507|
|Chiropractor||DR. YOM Chiropractic and Alternative Care||NY||Sep 09, 2016||$62,965|
|Chiropractor||Corona Chiropractic Health Services, P.C.||NY||Oct 22, 2015||$62,610|
|Chiropractor||Corona Chiropractic Health Services, P.C.||NY||Aug 17, 2016||$62,610|
|Chiropractor||Andes Chiropractic PC||NY||Jan 09, 2016||$62,610|
|Chiropractor||Optimal Health & Wellness Corp||Monterey Park, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$62,610|
|Chiropractor||Chiang Wang Chiropractic Corp.||Rowland Heights, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$47,166|
|Chiropractor||Western Wellness, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 09, 2016||$47,008|
|Chiropractor||Western Wellness, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 13, 2015||$47,008|
|Chiropractor||Denny T. Chiu, Doctor of Chiropractic, Inc.||Temple City, CA||Aug 20, 2015||$47,008|
|Chiropractor||Connecticut Ave Health and Wellness Center, Inc.||Washington, DC||Aug 20, 2015||$46,123|
|Chiropractor||Connecticut Ave Health and Wellness Center, Inc.||Washington, DC||Sep 22, 2015||$46,123|
|Chiropractor||Arai Chiropractic Inc.||Costa Mesa, CA||Jul 13, 2015||$45,914 -
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