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
Chiropractor Job Market by State
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