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Overview: Chiropractors diagnose and treat disorders and pain in the spinal column, skeletal joints and muscles. They diagnose through the use of X-rays, laboratory tests, and patient's medical history. Treatment involves manipulation, massage, whirlpool baths, heat treatment, ultra sound, etc.
Duties: They diagnose patient's disorders through physical & neurological examinations, patient medical history, X-ray & laboratory tests. Attention is given to posture, spine & muscle-skeletal structure.

Treat patients through the use of manual manipulation of the spinal column, limbs and joints. They also massage the patient's afflicted areas.

Treatment also includes the application of heat, ultrasound and water whirlpool baths to areas of pain & weakness in the patient's muscle and skeletal structure.

May design and fit patients with straps, braces or other support mechanisms to help correct posture problems or to support weakness in the muscles.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase much faster than average through 2018 due to consumer demand for alternative healthcare treatments. The growing elderly population will fuel growth as will the increasing use of chiropractors by children.
Salary Range (National Average): $52,000 to $57,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: All states require that practicing chiropractors be licensed by fulfilling educational requirements and passing a state board examination. Most states require two to four years of undergraduate college education plus graduation from a four-year chiropractic college. To renew their licenses, almost all states require that chiropractors be enrolled in a continuing education program each year.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.