BLS: Chiropractors held about 53,000 jobs in 2004. Approximately 58 percent of
chiropractors are self-employed. Most chiropractors are in solo practice,
although some are in group practice or work for other chiropractors. A small
number teach, conduct research at chiropractic institutions, or work in
hospitals and clinics.
Thoughts: There will always be work for chiropractors that
desire to practice chiropractic. I have nothing to back that up with other than
to make a comparison that there will always be work for musicians that desire to
make music, there will always be work for artists that desire to make art, and
there will always be services for those desiring to serve.
In Los Angeles, it seems as though many doctors have retired, passed on, or
moved to other areas. As I see it, there is lot's of opportunity. There is
equally lots of challenges to face as we continue to witness changes in
insurance reimbursement, rising costs of living, building and employee expenses,
etc. Deciding whether to be in solo practice, group practice, or working for
others should be ones personal choice. I'd like to point out that this is not
unique to chiropractic. The entire healthcare industry is going through
considerable change, and change is good.
BLS: Many chiropractors are located in small communities. However, there still
often are geographic imbalances in the distribution of chiropractors, in part
because many establish practices close to one of the few chiropractic
Thoughts: Don't open up down the street from me! No really,
many new communities in the US are emerging. Planning and preparing for those
geographic imbalances and varying distributions of chiropractors can prove to be
advantageous to the person with their eye on the target.
Chiropractic Job Outlook
BLS: Job prospects are expected to be good for persons who enter the practice of
chiropractic. Employment of chiropractors is expected to <b>*grow faster than
average</b> for all occupations through the year 2014 as consumer demand for
alternative health care grows. Because chiropractors emphasize the importance of
healthy lifestyles and do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, chiropractic
care is appealing to many health-conscious Americans. Chiropractic treatment of
the back, neck, extremities, and joints has become more accepted as a result of
research and changing attitudes about alternative, noninvasive health care
practices. The rapidly expanding older population, with its increased likelihood
of mechanical and structural problems, also will increase demand for
Thoughts: Expect to work hard. Stay committed, disciplined and
focused. Unless you live under a rock you are aware that consumer demand is
growing. The most stunning evidence I personally have of this are the nearly ten
years of logged search results from planetchiropractic.com which are revealing
some very interesting patterns of what "conscious Americans" seek.
WHY CHIROPRACTIC? All one has to do is read this statement again...
"Because chiropractors emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyles and do not
prescribe drugs or perform surgery, chiropractic care is appealing to many
Yes, the older population is rapidly expanding and some in medicine are laying
claim to that occurrence. Someone find me a single adult that desires to live
their last 20 - 30 years of a potential century of life on this planet in a
diaper, a wheelchair, dependent on drugs, hooked up to a dialysis unit, dragging
an oxygen tank, or who knows what else. Is that the definition of health? Is
that ones desire for longevity and quality of life?
Simply, a chiropractic lifestyle is the antithesis of a non-chiropractic
lifestyle. It is in direct contrast or exact opposition to a dis-eased or
disorderly lifestyle. Philosophically it is known as the idea that A cannot
equal not-A. Chiropractic cannot equal not-chiropractic. Similarly, medicine
cannot equal not-medicine. In practice, chiropractic and medicine are at polar
opposites from one another.
*BLS defines "Grow faster than average" as an "increase of 18 to 26 percent."
BLS: Median annual earnings of salaried chiropractors were $69,910 in May 2004.
The middle 50 percent earned between $46,710 and $118,280 a year. In 2005, the
mean salary for chiropractors was $104,363, according to a survey conducted by
Chiropractic Economics magazine.
Thoughts: God Bless America. Let's not even discuss all the
joy one potentially experiences as a doctor of chiropractic, that's for another
article. Just for sake of numbers let's assume you are the average DC earning
$69,910 per year. Don't go thinking you are going to retire after 7 years of
practice. However, if you GO TO WORK for 30 years you would have potential
earnings of $2,097,300. That is based on median earnings.
BLS: In chiropractic, as in other types of independent
practice, earnings are relatively low in the beginning and increase as the
practice grows. Geographic location and the characteristics and qualifications
of the practitioner also may influence earnings. Self-employed chiropractors
must provide their own health insurance and retirement.
Thoughts: Again, planning is critical to success. Plan to
practice and practice your plan.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections
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