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Chiropractor Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 45,200 Chiropractors in the United States. The Chiropractor job market is expected to grow by 17.5% between 2014 and 2024.

Chiropractor Employability Rating

C Sokanu rates Chiropractors with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 16,000 Chiropractors. That number is based on 7,900 additional Chiropractors, and the retirement of 8,100 existing Chiropractors.

Demand for Chiropractors

Many health-conscious individuals are attracted to chiropractic treatment because it is natural, surgery-free, and not reliant on the prescription of drugs. Because of their personal, holistic approach to health care, chiropractors are increasingly viewed as primary physicians, particularly in rural areas. As the average life span increases, so too does the number of elderly people who present more structural and mechanical difficulties with their bodies, therefore augmenting the demand for doctors of chiropractic. As more insurance policies and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) now cover chiropractic service, chiropractors tend to receive more referrals for treatment from accidents. New chiropractors may find greater competition in geographical areas where other practitioners are already located. Because of the high cost of diagnostic equipment such as X-ray machines, collaborative practices with other chiropractors or related health care professionals will likely offer more opportunities for employment or for purchasing a share of a practice.

Supply of Chiropractors

The Chiropractor industry is concentrated in California, Texas, and Florida.

Chiropractor Job Market by State

State name Employed Chiropractors
California 2,860
Texas 2,100
Florida 2,020
New York 1,680
Illinois 1,630
Pennsylvania 1,390
Michigan 1,360
Ohio 1,280
Wisconsin 1,190
Georgia 1,120
Minnesota 970
Colorado 970
Arizona 930
Virginia 890
Washington 810
New Jersey 730
North Carolina 730
Iowa 650
Oregon 600
Missouri 560
Kansas 550
Indiana 520
Massachusetts 510
Maryland 490
South Carolina 480
Nebraska 480
Oklahoma 370
Kentucky 350
Arkansas 330
Louisiana 320
Nevada 290
Utah 290
Tennessee 260
North Dakota 240
Alabama 230
Connecticut 220
Idaho 220
South Dakota 180
Montana 170
Maine 160
Delaware 110
Rhode Island 110
Mississippi 100
Vermont 90
West Virginia 90
Wyoming 80
New Mexico 80
New Hampshire 80
Puerto Rico 80
Alaska 70

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