How to pursue a career in healthcare as a Chiropractor
If you are someone who wants to improve the quality of people’s lives, have excellent communication skills and a passion for business, then a career as a chiropractor could be the job for you.
Chiropractors use physical manipulation, massage and rehabilitative exercise to treat patients with a variety of conditions, often relating to the spine, including arthritic pain, joint discomfort and sports injuries.
You will use your hands to apply specific force to free joints in the spine, or other joints of the body that aren’t moving properly. The main aim is to help relieve pain, increase mobility and help patients get back to full health and movement, without the use of surgery or drugs.
Most chiropractic jobs are on a self-employed basis, so you’ll need to carry out activities related to running a business, too. These responsibilities could include taking detailed medical history notes from your patients, conducting physical examinations, making a diagnosis, performing therapies and massages and keeping accurate and confidential medical records.
The salary can differ greatly, with most starting salaries at around £30,000. With experience, this could rise to £50,000. The financial rewards are excellent in this industry if you have the right combination of skills and experience and own a large practice employing others, you could earn between £80,000 and £100,000 after several years.
To practice as a chiropractor, you must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), the statutory body responsible for regulating chiropractic’s in the UK. Work experience is often essential, be it having had a chiropractic treatment or observing a chiropractor in clinical practice.
With a GCC qualification, excellent communication skills, a head for business and a passion for wanting to improve the quality of people’s lives, a career as a chiropractor is the one for you.