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Naturopath

Naturopaths believe that they can improve their clients' health through natural therapies, and education about lifestyle, diet and exercise.

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1. Entry requirements

It’s recommended that you take a qualification that’s approved by a professional body like the General Council and Register of Naturopaths or the General Naturopathic Council.

You’ll also help your career prospects by registering with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

To get onto a course you’ll usually need GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and 3 A levels (usually including 2 science subjects), or equivalent.

Some course providers will also look at your:

  • life experience
  • interest in naturopathy
  • potential to succeed on the course
You’ll need some knowledge of biology, chemistry and conventional medical treatments.

2. Skills required

You’ll need: 

  • a non-judgemental attitude
  • the ability to build trust and rapport with clients 
  • analytical thinking and intuition, to help you choose treatments
  • motivational skills to encourage people to change their lifestyle
  • accurate record keeping skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • discussing your client's symptoms and their lifestyle
  • carrying out a physical examination
  • taking blood samples and carrying out other tests
  • designing a treatment plan based on the consultation and test results
  • advising on diet and lifestyle
  • keeping detailed client notes
  • seeing clients for follow-up appointments
  • referring clients to a GP where necessary

You won’t diagnose medical conditions or advise clients on symptoms or treatments.

4. Salary

As a self-employed naturopath, your income will depend on the hours you work and the number of clients you see. 

You’ll usually charge an hourly rate of between £40 and £100.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually be self-employed and run your own practice. 

You’ll choose your own working hours, but may have to offer evening and weekend appointments to meet the needs of your clients.

You’ll usually work from consulting and treatment rooms, either at your home or an alternative therapy or natural health clinic. You may also visit clients in their own homes.

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could move into teaching or research.

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Last updated: 27 September 2017