This is the last in a three-part series on chiropractic. To read the first two parts, click the links below.
Part 1: Chiropractic: Healing with a human touch
Part 2: Chiropractic education: Do you have what it takes?
Planning for your future requires serious consideration to determine your career journey. To avoid getting lost along the way, you should explore the pros and cons of the paths being considered and then select the one that speaks to your heart. Many health care careers begin like this, and chiropractic is no different. After gaining a clear understanding of chiropractic and the educational requirements, you will begin to understand why chiropractic is a smart career choice. Let's explore some of the reasons that motivate people to pursue a rewarding career as a doctor of chiropractic.
1.) Make a difference in the lives of others
Ask nearly anyone who works in health care, and they will likely say they do it because they enjoy helping people. Chiropractic is among those careers that can make a difference. Each time a chiropractor interacts with a patient, the well being of that patient is impacted. In some cases, the positive results are immediate, while other conditions may require additional treatment. The chiropractor helps patients achieve better health, and ultimately, an improved quality of life. As a result, chiropractors can end each day with a level of satisfaction that most careers simply can't deliver.
2.) Become a business owner
One of the most appealing things about becoming a doctor of chiropractic is the potential to own your own business. Some will work for others, but a large percentage of those who earn the doctor of chiropractic degree will live the American dream and open their own practice. You have the opportunity to live and work in any of the fifty U.S. states and in many foreign countries. While being your own business man or women can be nerve-wracking for some, it is immensely popular for most. The lure of being your own boss is what draws many to the profession. You can set your own hours of service, and control every aspect of your practice.
3.) Solid earning potential
Generally, the compensation is good among doctors of chiropractic. MarketWatch reported in January 2016 that just one in every 1,000 chiropractors was unemployed during the previous year, and there was an unemployment rate in 2014 of only 0.1 percent for doctors of chiropractic. As a result, chiropractic was named number one on their list of "10 Professions With the Best Job Security." In June 2016, Salary.com listed a median annual salary for chiropractors of $138,936.
4.) Consistent demand for care
Chiropractic care will continue to grow in order to meet demand. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the United States will need nearly 8,000 chiropractors between 2014-2024, and employment of chiropractors is projected to grow 17 percent during that same time, much faster than the average for all occupations. People across all age groups are increasingly seeking chiropractic care, partially due to the non-drug and non-surgical approach to patient treatment. The aging population includes a large number of baby boomers leading to new opportunities for doctors of chiropractic. Aging adults are experiencing joint problems and thus seeking chiropractic treatment, helping them live a longer and more active life.
5.) Appealing work environment
While we've already discussed being your own boss, the work environment of a chiropractor is also desireable. Most doctors of chiropractic work in a climate-controlled office that is quiet and welcoming. Those who visit the office are seeking relief from pain, or may maintain spinal health through regular chiropractic maintenance care.
6.) Professional freedom
Whether you are one who favors the country, the city, or someplace in between, there is an increasing need for chiropractic care in all communities. Maybe you prefer a practice location that allows you to surf every morning, or maybe your hobby includes the ski slopes. Perhaps time in your garden is your passion, or having the flexibility to schedule time with your family, attend your child's soccer games, or be at a school play in the middle of the day. Whatever your interests, being a doctor of chiropractic provides you the freedom and flexibility that most only dream about.
7.) Professional options
The wide range of possibilities in chiropractic practice allows for specialization. While most chiropractors choose to offer care to patients of all ages in a family practice, there are specialty practices within chiropractic. These specialty areas include sports, pediatric or animal chiropractic. Others focus their efforts on chiropractic research or radiology, while some complement their chiropractic treatment with acupuncture or nutrition.
These are just a few of the reasons that people choose a career in chiropractic. Others are drawn to the profession simply because it spoke to their heart, and they answered the call. It is truly about helping people enjoy healthier lives. And ultimately, that might be the best reason of all. To learn more about how you can become a doctor of chiropractic, contact the Office of Admissions at Cleveland University-Kansas City.