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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 2,970
Texas 2,150
Florida 2,070
New York 1,840
Illinois 1,650
Pennsylvania 1,460
Michigan 1,440
Wisconsin 1,290
Ohio 1,170
Georgia 1,060
Colorado 970
Washington 910
Arizona 860
Minnesota 850
Virginia 810
North Carolina 780
New Jersey 740
Iowa 730
Oregon 660
Missouri 590
Massachusetts 580
Indiana 540
Kansas 510
South Carolina 470
Maryland 470
Nebraska 420
Oklahoma 410
Tennessee 400
Kentucky 400
Louisiana 400
Utah 370
Arkansas 330
Nevada 260
North Dakota 250
Idaho 230
Montana 200
Connecticut 200
South Dakota 160
Maine 140
Delaware 130
Rhode Island 110
Mississippi 110
West Virginia 90
New Hampshire 90
Alaska 90
New Mexico 90
Wyoming 80
Puerto Rico 70
Vermont 70

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