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Service occupations and healthcare professions, like those of chiropractic and massage therapy, are some of the fastest-growing, in-demand career choices available today. The time is right for learning to help others lead healthier lives.
Chiropractor #11 "Best Occupations in 2013"
CareerCast.com, a career website, ranked chiropractor as the 11th best occupation in 2013 based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook.
Statically speaking, chiropractic is highly ranked in many areas, such as potential for demand, effectiveness, compensation, safety, and benefits. Take a look at what others are reporting on the positive impact chiropractic has on both patients and practitioners alike. Demand for Future Chiropractors According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics¹, the demand for chiropractors is extremely positive, with a 20% increase expected between 2008 and 2018—much faster than the national average. A Cost-Effective Health Care Option A four-year journal study² indicated that patients who went to chiropractors as their primary care providers had 43% decrease in hospital admissions, 52% reductions in pharmaceutical costs, and 43% fewer outpatient surgeries and procedures. Chiropractic Effectiveness A Gallup³ poll indicates that nine out of 10 chiropractic patients feel their treatment is effective. Highly Ranked Job Satisfaction In recent years, CNN Money4 listed ‘chiropractor’ on their ‘Best Jobs in America’ list twice. Their forecast is based on a 10 year estimation for job growth, combined with a high average salary and bonuses.
Chiropractic is ranked as one of the “10 Most Profitable Businesses to Start” by Forbes.com5. The report also indicates that chiropractors have greater pricing power than general healthcare practitioners. Compensation and Quality of Work Life A 2010 report released by Chiropractic Economics6 indicated that the average total compensation for chiropractors was $112,368 combined with, on average, a 33.1 hour work week.
In 2011, The Wall Street Journal7 reported on a study released by CareerCast.com, reporting that chiropractors had a “top 50 best job” based on working environment, stress, physical demands, and job outlook. A Safe Health Care Option Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, joint pain of the arms or legs, headaches, and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints.8
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study showed the risk of serious complications from lumbar spinal manipulation is rare.9
¹ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Editions, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010 ² Clinical and Cost Outcomes of an Integrative Medicine IPA, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2004 ³ The Gallup Organization, 1991. 4 Best Jobs in America, CNNMoney.com, 2006-2009 5 The 10 Most Profitable Businesses to Start, Forbes.com 6 Average Billing and Collections, Chiropractic Economics, May 2010 7 The 200 Best and Worst Jobs, Wall Street Journal.com, 2011 8 Chiropractic: A Safe Treatment Option, American Chiropractic Association, www.acatoday.org 9 Acute Low Back Problems in Adults. Clinical Practice Guidelines. Bigos S, et al. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Publication - No. 950642 (1994) - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Demand for Future Massage TherapistsAccording to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics¹, employment is expected to increase by 19% from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment will grow as more people learn about the benefits of massage.
Highly Ranked Job Satisfaction
In 2012, U.S. News and World Report² listed ‘'massage therapist 'on their ‘Best Jobs 2012' list and eighth on their "Best Jobs: Healthcare" list.
Massage Effectiveness Massagetherapy.com³ (a public website powered by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals) indicates that 83% rated their most recent massage satisfactory with an 8 or better on a scale of 1-10.
A Safe Health Care Option
The number of hospitals offering complementary and alternative medicine grew from 7.7% in 1998 to 37.3% in 2007. Of those hospitals that offer CAM therapies, massage therapy was offered by 70.7%.
¹ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Editions, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20102 U.S. News and World Report³ Massagetherapy.com 4The Center for Natural Wellness