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Chiropractor

Chiropractors manipulate joints, bones and soft tissue to help clients control pain or prevent injuries from reoccurring.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £80,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need to:

Approved GCC courses are offered by:

Voluntary experience in a caring role can help.

If you have a disability and want to train as a chiropractor, you may find the GCC Guide for Disabled People helpful.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication and listening skills
  • physical coordination and manual skills
  • problem solving skills
  • business skills, if self-employed

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • using your hands to treat disorders of bones, muscles and joints
  • manipulating the spine
  • treating neck, back and shoulder pain
  • treating sciatica and leg problems
  • helping clients with sports injuries, poor posture and joint and muscle pain
  • making sure your client’s condition is suitable for treatment
  • discussing their symptoms and health problems in detail
  • carrying out examinations, sometimes using x-rays or blood tests
  • designing a programme of treatment for each individual client
  • giving advice on lifestyle, diet and exercise to support recovery

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £50,000

Highly Experienced: £80,000

If you’re self-employed, you’ll usually charge a session rate of between £40 and £80 an hour.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You could provide services through the NHS. You might work in a private group practice or health clinic offering a wide range of therapies.

If you’re self-employed, you’ll usually set your own working hours. You’ll need to meet the needs of clients, so you may work some weekends and evenings.

You’ll be based at a health clinic or therapy centre. You may also need to travel to clients' homes or sporting events to carry out treatments.

The work can be physically demanding.

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could set up your own practice.

You could also move into education, or specialise in sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurology or research.

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Last updated: 14 September 2017