Naturopaths


Overview

Naturopaths

Introduction

Naturopaths—also called naturopathic physicians, naturopathic doctors, and N.D.'s—are licensed health professionals who practice an approach to health care called naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic medicine (also called naturopathy) is a distinct system of health care that uses a variety of natural approaches to health and healing, including clinical nutrition, counseling, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and physical therapy. Naturopaths recognize the integrity of the whole person, and they emphasize the ind...

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Median Salary

$73,960

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Doctorate


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Experience

Clinical training


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

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Earnings

According to the Department of Labor, in 2018 naturopathic physicians earned median annual wages of $73,960. A 2020 survey conducted by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) found that, in the United States, the mean salary for naturopaths was $90,000. PayScale.com reported that naturopathic physicians earned salaries that ranged from $39,000 to $146,000 or more.

Work Environment

Naturopathic 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 sometimes are separate offices for the individual prof...

Outlook

While the U.S. Department of Labor does not provide specific information on the employment outlook for naturopathic physicians, it does project overall employment in the field of health care occupations to grow much faster than the average through 2028.

As public interest in alternative health care grows, many health-conscious individuals are attracted to naturopathy because of its natur...