USA Career Guide-Chiropractors

Education and Training needed to be Chiropractors

Doctor of Chiropractic programs take 4 years to complete and require 3 years of previous undergraduate college education for admission.


You would require completion of an accredited Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program before applying for the License. The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners gives a four-part test that most State boards require to be passed for licensure. Some States require supplemental examinations for licensure.

Continuing education is necessary to maintain a license.

Job Prospects of Chiropractors

Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program)

People across all age groups are increasingly seeking chiropractic care, because most chiropractors treat patients without performing surgery or prescribing drugs. Chiropractic treatment of the back, neck, limbs, and joints has become more accepted as a result of research and changing attitudes about alternative healthcare.  

Pay of Chiropractors

As per Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, the median annual wage of chiropractors was $67,200 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,270, and the top 10 percent earned more than $143,670. According to a survey conducted by Chiropractic Economics magazine, the average salary for chiropractors was $87,538 in 2010.
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