Practitioners of Natural Healing

(NOC 3232)

in All Health

Practitioners of natural healing provide alternative health care to patients using traditional Chinese medicine techniques and other forms of treatment including acupuncture, herbology or reflexology to promote, maintain and restore the holistic health of patients. They usually work in private practice, including group or team practices, or are work for clinics, health clubs and spas.

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 200. 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. Practitioners of Natural Healing may either be working full-time or part-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 24% of Practitioners of Natural Healing who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $25,584. 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

$15,188

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

Practitioners of natural healing provide alternative health care to patients using traditional Chinese medicine techniques and other forms of treatment including acupuncture, herbology or reflexology to promote, maintain and restore the holistic health of patients. They usually work in private practice, including group or team practices, or are work for clinics, health clubs and spas.

Job duties

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners:

  • Diagnose the diseases, physiological disorders, and injuries of patients.
  • Treat them using raw herbs and other medicines, dietary supplements, or acupuncture.

Acupuncturists:

  • Diagnose symptoms, physiological disorders, and injuries of patients.
  • Treat them by the insertion of acupuncture needles or through stimulation techniques like acupressure, moxibustion, cupping or electrical current.

Herbalists:

  • Assess patients and advise them on the use of herbs to treat conditions like arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, skin disorders, and stomach ailments.
  • May cultivate herbs and manufacture and sell herbal compounds.

Osteopathic manual therapists:

  • Diagnose, treat, and manage musculoskeletal and other related disorders of the body's structure by moving, stretching, and massaging a patients' muscles and joints to correct biomechanical dysfunctions.

Homeopaths:

  • Assess illnesses and treat them by administering, in chemical or herbal form, a small dosage of a remedy made from natural substances or by suggesting lifestyle changes.

Reflexologists:

  • Apply gentle finger pressure to specific spots on the clients' feet or hands to promote relaxation and better health and well-being.

Sample job titles

  • certified rolfer
  • herbal practitioner
  • holistic practitioner
  • homeopath
  • homeopathic physician
  • hypnotherapist
  • reflexology therapist
  • registered acupuncture practicioner
  • shiatsu therapist
  • traditional Chinese medicine practitioner

Skills

Compassion, sensitivity, and a desire to help people are important. Workers in these jobs need to have an interest in working with people on a one-to-one basis and a willingness to make direct physical contact with clients. You should be able to communicate with clients and inspire trust, put people at ease, be observant, and notice a client's symptoms and response to treatment. Maturity and good judgement are essential. It is important to understand and practice professional ethics.

Job requirements

  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners usually require a three- to four-year diploma program in traditional Chinese medicine from a private institute or completion of a program in traditional Chinese medicine from recognized medical schools abroad.
  • Acupuncturists usually require a three-year diploma program in acupuncture from a private institute or completion of some university undergraduate studies in science and training in a related health care discipline or work experience under the supervision of a registered acupuncturist.
  • Reflexology Therapists must be registered with a recognized professional association for their clients to be reimbursed for the cost of reflexology services through their health care benefit plans.
  • Other jobs in this group usually require completion of training programs specific to their type of practice and some supervised practical training.

Other considerations

Hours of work vary depending on the therapist’s practice, but generally include evenings and weekends. Those who are self-employed may need to have business licenses, police security clearance, and CPR and First Aid training. Advancement in these jobs usually takes the form of building a larger client base.

By the numbers

Quick look

190

employed in 2016

42.1%

employed full-time

76.3%

self employed

81.6%
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18.4%
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44

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?

46.3%

Halifax

26.8%

Annapolis Valley

17.1%

North Shore

4.9%

Southern

4.9%

Cape Breton

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

77.1%

Health care and social assistance

11.4%

Other services (except public administration)

5.7%

Manufacturing

5.7%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

38.0%

35-44

22.0%

45-54

16.0%

25-34

14.0%

65+

11.0%

55-64

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

42.1%

College Diploma

$16,065 median annual income
28.9%

Bachelor

$24,424 median annual income
7.9%

Diploma Above Bachelor

N/A
5.3%

High school

N/A
5.3%

Master

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

Acupuncture

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of acupuncture, a Chinese system of healing based on the use of pulse diagnosis, acupuncture point selection, and needle insertion to treat imbalances in the state of bodily health or Qi. These programs include courses in basic Western medical sciences, Chinese medical anatomy and physiology, diagnostic techniques, patient observation and communication, acupuncture points and point selection, auricular and scalp acupuncture, moxibustion, acupuncture technique, acupuncture of extremities, pain management, practice management, and professional standards and ethics.

Institutions providing this program

Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

1306 Bedford Highway

Bedford, NS B4A 1C8

(902) 832-6628

Asian bodywork therapy

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to provide relief and improved health and well-being based on Chinese medical principles through one or more of the traditional bodywork therapies of Asia. These programs include courses in acupressure, AMMA; Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang, Five Element Shiatsu, Integrative Eclectic Shiatsu, Japanese Shiatsu, Jin Shin Do; Body-mind Acupressure; Macrobiotic Shiatsu, Anma Therapy, Thai massage, Tui na, Zen Shiatsu, Qigong, Okazaki; Restorative Massage, principles of Western and Chinese medicine, patient counselling and observation, practice management, applicable regulations, and professional standards and ethics.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Herbalism/herbalist

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to utilize the material medical and clinical practices of Western, Native American, African, Australasian, and other herbal medicine traditions to prevent and cure illness and temporary physical disorders. These programs include courses in basic anatomy, physiology, pathology, and toxicology; nutrition; terminology and material medical; therapeutic herbalism; herbal pharmacy; botanicals and ethnobotany; wildcrafting and harvesting; labelling and dispensing phytotherapy; counter indications; practice management; consultation skills; and professional standards and ethics.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Traditional Chinese/Asian medicine and Chinese herbology

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of Chinese herbal medicine, a system based on the use of nutrition, natural products, and prescribed medical formulae to treat imbalances in the state of bodily health as defined in the Nei Ching Su Wen and other authorities. These programs include courses in the basic Western medical sciences, history and theory of Chinese medicine, Chinese medical anatomy and physiology, Chinese herbology, herbal prescription preparation, herbal patent medicine, herbal pharmacology, Chinese internal medicine and gynecology, febrile diseases, food therapy, practice management, and professional standards and ethics.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist

Professional Designation: Professional designation exists and shows that the holder has met the standards for the job. Employers may require professional designation, but professional designation is not necessary to do this work.

Regulating body:
Reflexology Association of Canada
165B Garry Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C1G7
(204) 477-4909
(204) 477-4955

Contacts

Reflexology Association of Canada
165 B Garry Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1G7
Tel: (204) 477-4909
Fax: (204) 477-4955
Massage Therapists' and Wholistic Practitioners' Association of the Maritimes
1701 Hollis Street, Suite 800
Halifax, NS B3J 3M8
Tel: (902) 482-9690
Fax: (902) 404-7428
Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia
PO Box 31232
Halifax, NS B3K 5Y1
National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths
2680 Matheson Road, Suite 102
Mississauga, ON L4W 0A5
Tel: (905) 267-8539
Acupuncture Canada
895 Don Mills Road, Tower II, Suite 109
Toronto, ON M3C 1W3
Tel: (416) 752-3988
Fax: (416) 752-4398
Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists
P.O. Box 324
Carleton Place, ON K7C 3P4 
Natural Health Practitioners of Canada
230-9440 49 ST
Edmonton, AB T6B 2M9
Tel: (780) 484-2010
Fax: (780) 484-3605

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