Naturopathic Physicians
SOC: 29-1199.04


Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals. May use physiological, psychological or mechanical methods. May also use natural medicines, prescription or legend drugs, foods, herbs, or other natural remedies.

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:

  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Chief Medical Officer, Naturopathic Endocrinologist and Oncologist
  • Clinical Director
  • Doctor (Dr)
  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Medical Director
  • Naturopathic Doctor
  • Naturopathic Oncology Provider
  • Naturopathic Physician
  • Physician

  • 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
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • 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
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Perform mobilizations and high-velocity adjustments to joints or soft tissues, using principles of massage, stretching, or resistance.
  • Maintain professional development through activities such as post-graduate education, continuing education, preceptorships, and residency programs.
  • Order diagnostic imaging procedures such as radiographs (x-rays), ultrasounds, mammograms, and bone densitometry tests, or refer patients to other health professionals for these procedures.
  • Administer treatments or therapies, such as homeopathy, hydrotherapy, Oriental or Ayurvedic medicine, electrotherapy and diathermy, using physical agents including air, heat, cold, water, sound, or ultraviolet light to catalyze the body to heal itself.
  • Administer, dispense, or prescribe natural medicines such as food or botanical extracts, herbs, dietary supplements, vitamins, nutraceuticals, and amino acids.
  • Conduct physical examinations and physiological function tests for diagnostic purposes.
  • Interview patients to document symptoms and health histories.
  • Educate patients about health care management.
  • Advise patients about therapeutic exercise and nutritional medicine regimens.
  • Diagnose health conditions based on patients' symptoms and health histories, laboratory and diagnostic radiology test results, or other physiological measurements, such as electrocardiograms and electroencephalographs.
  • Perform venipuncture or skin pricking to collect blood samples.
  • Treat minor cuts, abrasions, or contusions.
  • Prescribe synthetic drugs under the supervision of medical doctors or within the allowances of regulatory bodies.
  • Document patients' histories, including identifying data, chief complaints, illnesses, previous medical or family histories, or psychosocial characteristics.
  • Perform minor surgical procedures, such as removing warts, moles, or cysts, sampling tissues for skin cancer or lipomas, and applying or removing sutures.
  • Consult with other health professionals to provide optimal patient care, referring patients to traditional health care professionals as necessary.
  • Report patterns of patients' health conditions, such as disease status and births, to public health agencies.
  • Monitor updates from public health agencies to keep abreast of health trends.
  • Conduct periodic public health maintenance activities such as immunizations and screenings for diseases and disease risk factors.
  • Obtain medical records from previous physicians or other health care providers for the purpose of patient evaluation.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Arthrocentesis syringes
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Blood drawing syringes
  • Colonic irrigation sets
  • Colposcopes
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital medical thermometers
  • Electrical muscle stimulation equipment
  • Electrical stimulation equipment
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electrosurgical cauterization machines
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Glucometers
  • Goniometers
  • High-voltage Galvanic stimulation machines
  • Hydrocollator units
  • Hydrotherapy immersion baths
  • Hypodermic syringes
  • Incentive spirometers
  • Interferential electrical stimulation machines
  • Intravenous IV administration sets
  • Laptop computers
  • Low-voltage galvanic stimulation machines
  • Lumbar puncture equipment
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical measuring tapes
  • Microbalances
  • Microcentrifuges
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Otoscopes
  • pH indicators
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Short wave diathermy devices
  • Specimen collection containers
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Suction catheters
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Suturing kits
  • Therapeutic cold lasers
  • Therapeutic cold packs
  • Therapeutic hot packs
  • Therapeutic paraffin baths
  • Therapeutic saunas
  • Therapeutic ultrasound equipment
  • Urinalysis test strips
  • Urinary catheters
  • Vaginal exam specula
  • Enova eNatro
  • EZ-Zone Software Alternative Medical Billing
  • Labeling software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • NaturaeMed OfficePro
  • NaturoPlus
  • Online medical databases
  • Point of sale POS software
  • Trigram Software AcuBase Pro
  • Web browser software
  • ZYTO LSA Pro

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800