Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustments and manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients’ health concerns, such as back and neck pain.
Most chiropractors work in a solo or group chiropractic practice. A large number are self-employed.
How to Become a Chiropractor
Chiropractors must earn a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and get a state license. Doctor of Chiropractic programs typically take 4 years to complete and require at least 3 years of undergraduate college education for admission.
Employment of chiropractors is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. People across all age groups are increasingly becoming interested in alternative or complementary healthcare. Chiropractic care is appealing to patients because chiropractors use nonsurgical methods of treatment and do not prescribe drugs.
This occupation supported 44,400 jobs in 2012 and 45,200 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 1.8%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 14.6% in 2022 to 50,900 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 45,600, compared with an observed value of 45,200, 0.9% lower than expected. This indicates current employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 17.8% in 2024 to 53,100 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 52,200 jobs for 2024, 1.7% lower than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation.