The chiropractic field is without question among the most exciting, fastest growing, and lucrative professions in America. Couple that with the fact that it is a career which, at its heart, is about helping people in need and promoting healthy living and it is no surprise that Money magazine recently ranked chiropractor 14th on its list of the 50 “Best Jobs in America.”
Today, as more and more people are looking for natural, holistic health care options, the outlook for chiropractors is outstanding. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the field is projected to grow annually by nearly 15% through the year 2016. And NextStep magazine recently listed chiropractic among the 19 fastest growing careers in the country.
Successful chiropractors make a very good living and enjoy fulfilling lifestyles. According to Money magazine, the average annual salary for chiropractors is just under $85,000.
Patients who seek the care of chiropractors have very real needs, and simply want to live healthy, comfortable lives. As a chiropractor, you will have the ability to make that happen and have a profound impact on the quality of life for countless individuals. That’s something that transcends dollars and cents.
TCC’s Record of Success
As a top chiropractic college in America, TCC will prepare and position you for unlimited success in the exciting and dynamic field of chiropractic. In fact, a recent survey found that 90 percent of TCC alumni had either started their own practice, or were associates at existing practices, within one year of graduating. And others had pursued additional graduate study or accepted positions teaching or in research.
The following are just a few of the duties and responsibilities of the doctor of chiropractic:
- May be designated Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractic Physician, or chiropractor; and may be involved in solo, partnership, group or corporate practice, or be employed by one or more licensed practitioners.
- Conducts a systematic physical, neurologic, and orthopedic examination using the methods, techniques, and instruments standard with all health professions, including a postural and spinal analysis unique to chiropractic diagnosis.
- Corrects, reduces, mobilizes, or immobilizes articular abnormalities, particularly of the spine and pelvis, to normalize structural and functional relationships and relieve attendant neurologic, muscular and vascular disturbances - without prescription drugs or surgery.
- Provides professional counseling in areas such as dietary habits, physical and attitudes affecting health, personal sanitation, occupational safety, posture, rest, work rehabilitative exercise and recreational activities, health habits, and adaptive lifestyles.
- May limit practice to a specialized area of interest, such as orthopedics or diagnostic roentgenology and attain diplomate status through certified postgraduate and evaluation.
- Serves as a portal of entry into the health care system, being concerned with human health and disease processes, giving special attention to spinal mechanics and neurologic, muscular and vascular relationships.
- May plan and conduct lectures and training programs on health care related subjects for chiropractic staff, students, patients, community groups, and industrial plants, as well as assist in teaching, training and evaluation of chiropractic externs and teach in educational institutions.
- Performs or prescribes patient tests, measurements, and evaluations of health status, impairment, and disabilities in establishing or revising treatment programs and preventive programs.
For more information about chiropractic as a career, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.