Chiropractor

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Chiropractors manipulate joints, bones and soft tissue to help clients control pain or prevent injuries from re-occurring.

Salary Range: £20,000 to £80,000

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You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
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You’ll need to complete a 4-year degree or postgraduate master’s course recognised by the General Chiropractic Council.

This involves 3 years of full-time study and 1 year working under supervision.

You may be able to take an Access to Science course if you do not have the degree entry requirements.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 3 A levels or equivalent

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Volunteering and experience

You’ll need to get paid or unpaid experience of working with a chiropractor before applying for a course.

You’ll also find it useful to get experience of working in a health or care role. You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator or manager at your local NHS trust for more advice.

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Registration

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a chiropractor from the General Chiropractic Council and the British Chiropractic Association.

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Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

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Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • using your hands to treat disorders of bones, muscles and joints
  • manipulating the spine
  • treating neck, back and shoulder pain
  • treating sciatica and leg problems
  • helping clients with sports injuries, poor posture and joint and muscle pain
  • making sure your client’s condition is suitable for treatment
  • discussing their symptoms and health problems in detail
  • carrying out examinations, sometimes using x-rays or blood tests
  • designing a programme of treatment for each individual client
  • giving advice on lifestyle, diet and exercise to support recovery

Working environment

You could work in a therapy clinic.

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With experience you could set up your own practice.

You could also move into education, or specialise in sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurology or research.