Chiropractors

(NOC 3122)

in All Health

Chiropractors diagnose, treat, and help patients prevent problems with the spine, muscles, bones, joints, and nervous system. 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. They provide hands-on treatments like manipulating or adjusting the spine. Chiropractors are usually in private practice or in clinics with other health practitioners.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3180 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 150. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Chiropractors most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

The median employment income for 44% 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

$30.45

Median

$41.35

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,740

Minimum

$43,853

Median

$88,944

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Chiropractors diagnose, treat, and help patients prevent problems with the spine, muscles, bones, joints, and nervous system. 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. They provide hands-on treatments like manipulating or adjusting the spine. Chiropractors are usually in private practice or in clinics with other health practitioners.

Job duties

Chiropractors:

  • 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 manipulations and complementary treatments like electrotherapy, acupuncture, heat therapy and massage with special attention given to the spine.
  • Advise patients on alternate treatment modalities like 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

Chiropractic training is not available in Nova Scotia and students must leave the province to study. Chiropractors are often self-employed and administer their services through private practices. Some share clinics with massage therapists, physiotherapists, or family doctors.

By the numbers

Quick look

155

employed in 2016

71.9%

employed full-time

78.1%

self employed

56.3%
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43.7%
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41.3

median age

Compared to: All Health

36,515

employed in 2016

75.7%

employed full-time

9.6%

self employed

83.6%
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16.4%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

69.0%

Halifax

10.3%

Southern

10.3%

Cape Breton

10.3%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

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?

44.0%

35-44

22.0%

25-34

19.0%

45-54

9.0%

55-64

6.0%

65+

Compared to: All Health

24.0%

25-34

23.9%

45-54

21.9%

35-44

18.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

38.7%

Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Optometry

$52,915 median annual income
29.0%

Doctorate

N/A
12.9%

Bachelor

N/A
9.7%

College Diploma

N/A
6.5%

Apprenticeship

N/A

Compared to: All Health

38.4%

College Diploma

$40,033 median annual income
27.1%

Bachelor

$61,668 median annual income
8.7%

Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Optometry

$81,191 median annual income
6.8%

High school

$24,829 median annual income
5.1%

Master

$69,296 median annual income

Education & training

Chiropractic (DC)

This program is typically offered at the university level.

This instructional program class includes 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. The job title is protected, and you may not use it without a professional licence. A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to legally do this work.

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.