Chiropractors

(NOC 3122)

in All Health

Chiropractors diagnose, treat and prevent patients' neuromuscular-skeletal disorders of the spine, nervous system, pelvis and other body joints by adjusting the spinal column or through other corrective manipulation. Chiropractors focus on the spine in relation to the whole body, and specialize in the understanding and treatment of its bone structures, muscles, and nerves. Chiropractors are usually in private practice or in clinics with other health practitioners. Chiropractors are concerned with the care of the entire body and are trained in physical diagnosis, including the use of x-rays and laboratory analysis. For example, chiropractors formulate clinical impressions of the patient's state of health, concentrating on spinal and structural assessment, and they are expert providers of spinal manipulation and other therapeutic manual adjustments.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 10 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Chiropractors may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 50% of Chiropractors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $48,805. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$32,572

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Health

Hourly Pay

$16.38

Minimum

$25.50

Median

$41.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,740

Minimum

$43,853

Median

$88,944

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Chiropractors diagnose, treat and prevent patients' neuromuscular-skeletal disorders of the spine, nervous system, pelvis and other body joints by adjusting the spinal column or through other corrective manipulation. Chiropractors focus on the spine in relation to the whole body, and specialize in the understanding and treatment of its bone structures, muscles, and nerves. Chiropractors are usually in private practice or in clinics with other health practitioners.

Chiropractors are concerned with the care of the entire body and are trained in physical diagnosis, including the use of x-rays and laboratory analysis. For example, chiropractors formulate clinical impressions of the patient's state of health, concentrating on spinal and structural assessment, and they are expert providers of spinal manipulation and other therapeutic manual adjustments.

Job duties

Chiropractors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Take patients' case history, conduct examinations, observe patients, and perform X-rays and other tests to diagnose patient's condition.
  • Diagnose neuromuscular-skeletal disorders of the spinal column, pelvis, extremities and associated tissues.
  • Treat health disorders in a natural manner through adjustments or articular manipulations and complementary treatments such as electrotherapy, acupuncture, heat therapy and massage with special attention given to the spine.
  • Advise patients on alternate treatment modalities such as corrective exercises, posture, lifestyle and nutrition that have positive effects on the spine, joints, muscles and nervous system.
  • Refer patients for medical care when appropriate.

Sample job titles

  • chiropractic doctor
  • chiropractor
  • doctor of chiropractic (DC)

Skills

To work in this field, you should be interested in the health and well-being of others. An interest in science, especially anatomy and physiology, is also important. You must be patient, tolerant, and sensitive to the needs of others. Good coordination and manual dexterity are necessary. Physical stamina may be needed as well.

Job requirements

  • A minimum of two years of university undergraduate studies in sciences and completion of a four- or five-year program at an institution accredited by the Accreditation Commission of the Council on Chiropractic Education and completion of the examinations of the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board and of the provincial licensing body are required.
  • Licensing by a regulatory body is required in Nova Scotia.

Other considerations

Students must leave the province to obtain training. Chiropractors are often self-employed and administer their services through private practices.

By the numbers

Quick look

150

employed in 2016

70.0%

employed full-time

80.0%

self employed

58.1%
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41.9%
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41.3

median age

Compared to: All Health

36,515

employed in 2016

77.1%

employed full-time

10.2%

self employed

83.6%
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16.4%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

64.5%

Halifax

9.7%

Southern

9.7%

Cape Breton

9.7%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Health Care and Social Assistance

What is the age of Employment?

35.7%

25-34

28.6%

35-44

21.4%

45-54

Compared to: All Health

31.4%

45-54

27.6%

35-44

20.5%

55-64

15.2%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

36.8%

Master's degree

N/A
21.1%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

$64,019 median annual income
15.8%

University advanced certificate or diploma

N/A
15.8%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
10.5%

Trades certificate

N/A

Compared to: All Health

39.4%

College certificate or diploma

$36,693 median annual income
27.6%

Bachelor's degree

$57,186 median annual income
7.2%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

$83,000 median annual income
6.9%

High school

$24,119 median annual income
5.1%

Master's degree

$87,808 median annual income

Education & training

Chiropractic (DC)

This program is typically offered at the university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of chiropractic, a health care and healing system based on the application of non-invasive treatments and spinal adjustments to alleviate health problems caused by vertebral misalignments affecting bodily function as derived from the philosophy of Daniel Palmer. These programs include courses in the basic medical sciences, chiropractic theory and science, postural and spinal analysis, diagnostic radiology and ultrasound, adjustment technique, patient counselling, professional standards and ethics, and practice management.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Chiropractor

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors
PO Box 9410, Station A
Halifax, NS B3K 5S3
(902) 407-4255
(902) 425-2441

Contacts

Canadian Chiropractic Association
186 Spadina Ave, Suite 6
Toronto, ON M5T 3B2
Tel: (416) 585-7902
Fax: (416) 585-2970
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Tel: (902) 461-0871
Fax: (902) 461-9572
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
6100 Leslie Street
Toronto, ON M2H 3J1
Tel: (800) 463-2923
Fax: (416) 646-1114

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.