Chiropractors
SOC: 29-1011.00

Description:

Assess, treat, and care for patients by manipulation of spine and musculoskeletal system. May provide spinal adjustment or address sacral or pelvic misalignment.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
45,200 employed

Projected (2024):
53,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Associate Doctor
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Chiropractic Doctor (DC)
  • Chiropractic Neurologist
  • Chiropractic Physician
  • Chiropractor
  • Chiropractor, Sole Practitioner
  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Doctorate of Chiropractic
  • Physician


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Perform a series of manual adjustments to the spine or other articulations of the body to correct the musculoskeletal system.
  • Evaluate the functioning of the neuromuscularskeletal system and the spine using systems of chiropractic diagnosis.
  • Diagnose health problems by reviewing patients' health and medical histories, questioning, observing, and examining patients and interpreting x-rays.
  • Maintain accurate case histories of patients.
  • Advise patients about recommended courses of treatment.
  • Obtain and record patients' medical histories.
  • Analyze x-rays to locate the sources of patients' difficulties and to rule out fractures or diseases as sources of problems.
  • Counsel patients about nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, stress management, or other matters.
  • Consult with or refer patients to appropriate health practitioners when necessary.
  • Suggest and apply the use of supports such as straps, tapes, bandages, or braces if necessary.
  • Recommend and arrange for diagnostic procedures, such as blood chemistry tests, saliva tests, x-rays, or other imaging procedures.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustment tables
  • Arthrodial protractors
  • Babinski percussion hammers
  • Balance boards
  • Biofeedback equipment
  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Carpal traction systems
  • Cervical chairs
  • Cervical collars
  • Cervical restoration traction systems
  • Cervical traction devices
  • Continuous passive motion CPM machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Discriminators
  • Drop tables
  • Dynamometers
  • Electrical stimulation equipment
  • Electromyographs EMG
  • Electronic patient thermometers
  • Elliptical trainers
  • Fluidotherapy equipment
  • Foot orthotics
  • Free weights
  • Functional capacity evaluation FCE systems
  • Goniometers
  • Hand dynamometers
  • Hydraulic pinch gauges
  • Inclinometers
  • Infrared baker lamps
  • Knee-chest tables
  • Low-level laser units
  • Lumbar support braces
  • Lumbar traction systems
  • Massage units
  • Measurement calipers
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical tuning forks
  • Medical x ray buckys
  • Medical x ray filters
  • Medical x ray units
  • Motorized flexion distraction tables
  • Muscle stimulators
  • Notebook computers
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Otoscopes
  • Overdoor cervical traction devices
  • Paraffin baths
  • Pelvic benches
  • Pelvic traction equipment
  • Piezo stimulators
  • Pinwheels
  • Plumb lines
  • Pocket personal computers PC
  • Reflex hammers
  • Resistive exercise bands
  • Rhinoscopes
  • Short wave diathermy devices
  • Snellen eye charts
  • Spinal unloading therapy systems
  • Stair climbers
  • Stationary bicycles
  • Tablet computers
  • Therapeutic balls
  • Therapeutic hot packs
  • Therapeutic ice packs
  • Therapeutic treadmill exercisers
  • Traction tables
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Ultrasound machines
  • Upper extremity testing/strengthening systems
  • Vibratory therapy equipment
  • X ray cassettes
  • X ray collimators
  • X ray development equipment
  • ACOM Solutions RAPID EMR
  • Acrendo A.I.med
  • Addison Health Systems WritePad EMR Systems
  • Advantage Software Chiropractic Advantage
  • Billing software
  • BioEx Systems Exercise Pro - Active Care
  • Chirocere software
  • ChiroSoft
  • ClaKen Software DC-PowerNotes
  • DataCom Software Business Products M.I.S. Clinic
  • DocumentPlus
  • E-Z BIS Office
  • Electro Meridian Imaging EMI diagnostic software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • EON Systems TPS
  • EZClaim
  • EZnotes
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
  • InPhase Technologies Group InPhase Concept
  • Life Systems Software ChiroSuite software
  • MediNotes e
  • MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR
  • MRX Solutions OfficeMaster
  • PPT4Drs Quixote
  • Practice management software PMS
  • PracticePRO Software Systems QuickPractice
  • Pulse Software ChiroPulse Advanced
  • Quick Notes Q'Notes EMR
  • Scheduling software
  • Software Motif MyEMR
  • Softworx Solutions ChiroWrite
  • Trillium Technology ProScribe
  • Versatile Software Systems For Chiropractors Only


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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800