Chiropractors

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Also known as:
Chiropractic Doctor, Chiropractic Physician, Chiropractor

ABOUT CHIROPRACTOR CAREERS
Video transcript

Many people with aches, pains, and other health complaints depend on chiropractors to help them cope. Also called doctors of chiropractic or chiropractic physicians, they diagnose and treat patients whose health problems are associated with the body's muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems, especially the spine.

Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, but they are thoroughly trained through two to four years of pre-professional college education, with a bachelor's degree recommended. They then spend 4 years at an approved college of chiropractic medicine. This results in a doctor of chiropractic - D.C. - degree. Then they must pass board certification tests and fulfill continuing education requirements to maintain their license to practice in a particular state.

After obtaining a license, you can set up a new practice, purchase or join an established practice, or take a salaried position with a group practice or health care facility. This is a field of medicine that is expected to expand, with growing national interest in holistic, preventative medicine - and increased coverage by insurance and managed care programs.

With their field's emphasis on overall health and wellness, chiropractors often advise patients about exercise and nutrition. This is a profession that requires a combination of physical skill, scientific knowledge, and empathy for patients. Understanding how they're feeling is part of the process of helping them feel better.

SNAPSHOT
Assess, treat, and care for patients by manipulation of spine and musculoskeletal system. May provide spinal adjustment or address sacral or pelvic misalignment.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Suggest and apply the use of supports such as straps, tapes, bandages, or braces if necessary.

Consult with or refer patients to appropriate health practitioners when necessary.

Obtain and record patients' medical histories.

Analyze x-rays to locate the sources of patients' difficulties and to rule out fractures or diseases as sources of problems.

Maintain accurate case histories of patients.

Counsel patients about nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, stress management, or other matters.

Perform a series of manual adjustments to the spine or other articulations of the body to correct the musculoskeletal system.

Advise patients about recommended courses of treatment.

Evaluate the functioning of the neuromuscularskeletal system and the spine using systems of chiropractic diagnosis.

Recommend and arrange for diagnostic procedures, such as blood chemistry tests, saliva tests, x-rays, or other imaging procedures.

Diagnose health problems by reviewing patients' health and medical histories, questioning, observing, and examining patients and interpreting x-rays.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
TOP SKILLS
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.