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 and becoming a chiropractor is no different. Gain a clear understanding of chiropractic and the educational requirements and you will understand why chiropractic is a smart career choice. Let's explore some of the reasons people are pursuing 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 improved. In some cases, the positive results are immediate, while other conditions may require additional treatment. Chiropractors help 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 chiropractor is the likelihood of owning your business. Some will work for others, but a more than half 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 50 U.S. states and in many other countries. While owning a business 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. As a result, chiropractic continues to be in the top 25 list of "Professions With the Best Job Security" by U.S. News and World Report. In June 2018, Salary.com listed a median annual salary for chiropractors of just over $145,000, which often includes bonuses, commissions, and profit-sharing.
4. Consistent Demand for Safer, Better Care
Chiropractic care will continue to grow in order to meet demand. The U.S. Department of Labor reports the profession's growth rate is expected to be 12 percent from 2012 through 2026, outpacing the average growth rate of 7 percent for all occupations.
People across all age groups are increasingly seeking chiropractic care for a number of reasons:
- Chiropractors emphasize a non-drug and non-surgical approach to patient treatment
- The aging population, which includes a large number of baby boomers, are facing low-back pain and joint problems. Chiropractic treatment is helping them live a longer, more active life.
- The use of opioid prescriptions for chronic pain has led to a nationwide crisis. The American College of Physicians and the Journal of American Medical Association have recommended that pain treatment should first consider alternative treatments that are safer.
- The increase in a patient-focused, integrative approach to health care, which calls for all health care professions to contribute within their specialty area. This has opened up new opportunities for doctors of chiropractic.
5. Appealing Work Environment
While we've already discussed being your own boss, the work environment of a chiropractor is also desirable. 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.
Being a doctor of chiropractic provides you the freedom and flexibility that most only dream about. 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.
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:
- Animal chiropractic
- Chiropractic research
- Additional services like nutrition, acupuncture, and directed exercise.
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.
The Answers You Want: CUKC College of Chiropractic
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a nonprofit, private, health-focused university in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of the Kansas City metro. Our history in chiropractic education began in 1922 when the College of Chiropractic was founded by Palmer graduates.
Today, CUKC is the only chiropractic university still guided by the founding family. Now more than one of every 10 chiropractors in the U.S. has earned a chiropractic degree from our CUKC College of Chiropractic.To learn more about how to become a doctor of chiropractic, contact the Office of Admissions at Cleveland University-Kansas City. For a comprehensive look at becoming a chiropractor, request a new, FREE ebook, Your Complete Guide to the Chiropractic Profession.