Alternative Medical Related Careers

Alternative Medical Related CareersDo you long for a career in healing, but prefer a more holistic approach? If you eschew traditional medicine, don’t lose hope. There are many exciting occupations in the field of alternative medicine–and demand for workers is on the rise.

Here are just a few of the many vocations that you can choose from. All are interesting, offer reasonable salaries and offer good hope of going beyond the “three-year career.”

1. Acupuncturist

An ancient form of holistic medicine that originated in China, acupuncturists apply needles to pressure points to treat a wide range of ailments. According to Healthcare, the average salary for an acupuncturist is $46,520 and they typically charge $40-$60 per session.

A career in acupuncture does require a substantial educational investment with most completing a Masters Degree. You then must become certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and licensed within your state.

If you are a compassionate individual who loves working with people, excels in the sciences, and possess firm ethical standards, this may be the alternative medical career for you.

2. Massage Therapist

If you are known among your friends as the one with the “magic touch” that gives the best neck rubs in town, you may be a perfect candidate for a career in Massage Therapy. Massage Therapists use touch to heal their patients by applying different technique to manipulate soft tissue. It can be used to reduce pain, repair sports injuries, necessitate relaxation, and relieve discomfort associated with pregnancy.

In order to become a Massage Therapist, you will need to first check with your state’s licensing requirements as they can vary. Most require that you complete a program at a college or community college. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of a Massage Therapist in 2010 was $34,900.

If you don’t mind coming in direct physical contact with your clients, possess physical strength and stamina, and are highly empathetic, this may prove to be an ideal career option for you.

3. Aromatherapy

A relative newcomer to the field of health, aromatherapy is an up-and-coming form of healing. It involves the use of essential oils and other aromatic substances to heal various conditions including headaches, body pain, insomnia, and stress. Most work in spas or health clubs, but there are specialized branches such as those that treat skin conditions, work with acupuncturists, incorporate aromatherapy into massage therapy, or operate aromatherapy retail outlets.

According to, the average income for an Aromatherapist is $30,000 per year. In order to work in aromatherapy, an individual should obtain a specialized education from a holistic treatment institution.

If you enjoy working with people, love aromas, have a passion for body science, and a compassionate heart, this may be a great career choice.

4. Chiropractor

Chiropractors are the most familiar and accepted practitioners within the field of holistic medicine. Specializing in the musculoskeletal system, they are commonly called upon to treat pain relating to the back and neck. Some work within a group practice, while others work independently.

You must embark on a rather lengthy education, in order to enter this field. But at least it’s a college degree that could pay well. First, you will need to complete three to four years of undergraduate study, including courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. You must, then, go on to complete a four-year Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. When you have received your education, you must become licensed by the state in which you will be practising. You will be rewarded for your efforts with a median yearly salary of $67,200, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2010 figures.

If you possess excellent people skills, an eye for detail, top-notch manual dexterity, and a healthy dose of empathy, you may make a successful chiropractor.

The holistic healing industry is growing all the time as people become disenfrachised with traditional medicine, seek greener treatments, and desire a return to basics. If you long for a career that improves quality of life for others, love interacting with people, and long to work with your hands, this may be the career path that will provide you with a happy and healthy life. If you’re still considering a more traditional career, here is some career advice from a seasoned nurse.

What do you love about your career in the holistic healing field?

Kimberley Laws
I am a freelance writer, avid blogger, illustrator, and aspiring novelist who thinks the world is a terribly funny place filled with bizarre things to observe--and, of course, comment on.
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