SOC: 29-1199.01


Provide treatment of symptoms and disorders using needles and small electrical currents. May provide massage treatment. May also provide preventive treatments.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
50,100 employed

Projected (2024):
56,100 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:

  • Acupressure Therapist
  • Acupressurist
  • Acupuncture Physician
  • Acupuncturist
  • Auricular Acupuncturist
  • Auricular Detoxification Specialist
  • Auricular Therapist
  • Clinic Supervisor
  • Herbalist
  • Licensed Acupuncturist
  • Naturopathic Physician
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    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.


    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
  • Operation Monitoring
  • 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
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • 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:

  • Formulate herbal preparations to treat conditions considering herbal properties such as taste, toxicity, effects of preparation, contraindications, and incompatibilities.
  • Maintain and follow standard quality, safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures.
  • Maintain detailed and complete records of health care plans and prognoses.
  • Dispense herbal formulas and inform patients of dosages and frequencies, treatment duration, possible side effects and drug interactions.
  • Consider Western medical procedures in health assessment, health care team communication, and care referrals.
  • Adhere to local, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes.
  • Treat patients using tools such as needles, cups, ear balls, seeds, pellets, and nutritional supplements.
  • Educate patients on topics such as meditation, ergonomics, stretching, exercise, nutrition, the healing process, breathing, and relaxation techniques.
  • Evaluate treatment outcomes and recommend new or altered treatments as necessary to further promote, restore, or maintain health.
  • Assess patients' general physical appearance to make diagnoses.
  • Collect medical histories and general health and life style information from patients.
  • Apply moxibustion directly or indirectly to patients using Chinese, non-scarring, stick, or pole moxa.
  • Apply heat or cold therapy to patients using materials such as heat pads, hydrocollator packs, warm compresses, cold compresses, heat lamps, and vapor coolants.
  • Analyze physical findings and medical histories to make diagnoses according to Oriental medicine traditions.
  • Develop individual treatment plans and strategies.
  • Treat medical conditions using techniques such as acupressure, shiatsu, and tuina.
  • Insert needles to provide acupuncture treatment.
  • Identify correct anatomical and proportional point locations based on patients' anatomy and positions, contraindications, and precautions related to treatments such as intradermal needles, moxibution, electricity, guasha, and bleeding.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acupuncture ear probes
  • Acupuncture needle guide tubes
  • Acutonics tuning forks
  • Adenoid sphygmomanometers
  • Adson forceps
  • Air ion testers
  • Angle tip forceps
  • Autoclave sterilizers
  • Babinski hammers
  • Bandage scissors
  • Biohazard containers
  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Buck neurological hammers
  • Crystal probes
  • Digital electronic acupunctoscopes
  • Digital heat lamps
  • Dressing forceps
  • Dual head stethoscopes
  • Ear needles
  • Ear tacks
  • Electroacupuncture stimulation units
  • Electronic muscle stimulators
  • Filiform acupuncture needles
  • Foot rollers
  • Four sensor probes
  • Glass cupping sets
  • Gua sha tools
  • Hand exercise balls
  • Hand rollers
  • Handheld digital thermometers
  • Hemostat clamps
  • Herb grinders
  • Hydrocollator units
  • Infrared heat lamps
  • Intradermal acupuncture needles
  • Ion pumps
  • Ionizers
  • Lancet needles
  • Laser pens
  • Lockable forceps
  • Magnetic cupping sets
  • Magnetic finger rings
  • Manaka hammers
  • Massage chairs
  • Massage tables
  • Microcurrent systems
  • Mineral wave lamps
  • Moxa boxes
  • Moxa burners
  • Moxa burning bowls
  • Moxa cans
  • Moxa extinguishers
  • Moxa spoons
  • Needle inserters
  • Needle plungers
  • Operating scissors
  • Otoscopes
  • Pen probes
  • Plastic cupping sets
  • Portable heat lamps
  • Positioning bolsters
  • Press needles
  • Pulsed magnetic field generators
  • Rolling drums
  • Scissor pincettes
  • Seven-star needles
  • Splinter forceps
  • Tack tweezers
  • Taylor-type percussion hammers
  • Therapeutic acupuncture magnets
  • Therapeutic cooling packs
  • Therapeutic heating packs
  • Three-edged bloodletting needles
  • Tiger warmers
  • Tongue depressors
  • Trancutaneous electrical nerve stimulation TENS units
  • Ultrasound massagers
  • Vibration massagers
  • Wartenberg pinwheels
  • Wide grip tweezers
  • AcuBase Pro Software
  • AcuPartner Professional
  • Electronic health record EHR software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Miridia Technology AcuGraph
  • Qchart Practice Management Software
  • Qpalm Acupuncture
  • QPuncture II

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800