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Chiropractor

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

Annual Salary

variable

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 variable

You could work: in your own business; managing your own hours

3.8%
Future employment

There will be 3.8% more Chiropractor jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

As a chiropractor you could:

  • talk to client's about their symptoms, make sure their condition is suitable for treatment and design a treatment programme
  • treat back, leg, neck and shoulder pain
  • help clients with sports injuries, poor posture or joint and muscle pain
  • carry out examinations like X-rays or blood tests
  • give advice on lifestyle, diet and exercise to support recovery

Working environment

You could work in a therapy clinic.

You can get into this job through a university course.

University

You'll need to do a 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 might 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 work experience

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

You'll also find it useful to get experience of working in healthcare.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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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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Most chiropractors are self employed.

With experience you could:set up your own practice; move into education or research; specialise in an area like sports medicine, rehabilitation or neurology

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

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