|Quick Facts: Chiropractors|
|2010 Median Pay||
$67,200 per year
$32.31 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Doctoral or professional degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||52,600|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||28% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||14,900|
Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal manipulation and other techniques to treat patients' ailments, such as back or neck pain.
Most chiropractors work in a solo or group chiropractic practice. A large number are self-employed.
Becoming a chiropractor typically requires 7 to 8 years of post–high school study: 3 to 4 years of undergraduate education, followed by a 4-year Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree program. Chiropractors also must be licensed by their state.
The median annual wage of chiropractors was $67,200 in May 2010.
Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. People across all age groups are increasingly becoming interested in chiropractic care because it consists of nonsurgical methods of treatment.
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