Chiropractors


Overview

Introduction

Chiropractors, or doctors of chiropractic, are health care professionals who focus on musculoskeletal health problems. Through manipulation of the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, they treat patient ailments, such as back or neck pain. Spinal adjustment can relieve acute back pain, widen a patient's range of motion, and improve function. These professionals emphasize health maintenance and disease prevention through exercise, maintaining posture, stress management, proper nutrition, and care of the spine and the nerv...

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Median Salary

$71,410

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Doctorate


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Experience

Clinical experience


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

The median annual wage for chiropractors was $71,410 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $34,990, while the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $149,170 per year. 

Earnings for chiropractors vary by state. Chiropractors in the following states earn the highest mean annual salaries: 

  1. Rhode Island: $115,350

Work Environment

Chiropractic physicians work in clean, quiet, comfortable offices. Most solo practitioners and group practices have an office suite. The suite generally has a reception area. In clinics, several professionals may share this area. The suite also contains examining rooms and treatment rooms. In a clinic where several professionals work, there are sometimes separate offices for the individual prof...

Outlook

Employment for doctors of chiropractic is expected to increase by 7 percent from 2018 through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Public interest in alternative and complementary (alternative medicine that is used in conjunction with traditional medicine) health care is growing. Many health-conscious individuals are attracte...

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