Chiropractors and Osteopaths diagnose and treat physiological and mechanical disorders of the locomotor system and tissue strain, stress and dysfunction that impede normal neural, vascular and biochemical mechanisms, and provide advice on preventing these disorders.

    a bachelor degree in a related field is needed to work as a Chiropractor or Osteopath. Many Chiropractors and Osteopaths complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • administering a variety of neurological, musculoskeletal and functional tests to identify and assess physical problems and ailments of patients
    • planning and discussing effective management of patients' dysfunction
    • designing, reviewing, monitoring, assessing and evaluating treatment programs
    • assisting and improving the function of all body systems such as musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine and genitourinary systems
    • recording detailed patient medical histories, treatments delivered and the patients' responses and progress to treatments
    • referring patients to specialists and liaising with other Health Professionals in relation to patients' problems, needs and progress
    • educating patients, their partners, family and friends in therapeutic procedures, such as home exercises and lifestyle changes, to enhance patients' health and wellbeing

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    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 5,200 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 44% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Chiropractors and Osteopaths (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 5,200 in 2018 to 6,200 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 400 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Chiropractors and Osteopaths work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (52%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 44% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20084500
    20096400
    20106000
    20112800
    20124700
    20135400
    20144500
    20154300
    20169600
    20176300
    20185200
    20236200

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance98.8
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing0.4
    Education and Training0.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.1
    Other Industries0.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateChiropractors and OsteopathsAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.431.6
    VIC35.125.6
    QLD14.320.0
    SA6.27.0
    WA9.710.8
    TAS1.62.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT1.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketChiropractors and OsteopathsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-243.0-9.39.3
    25-3434.9-22.922.9
    35-4430.5-22.022.0
    45-5417.3-21.621.6
    55-596.0-9.09.0
    60-643.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationChiropractors and OsteopathsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate59.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree36.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.1-21.121.1
    Year 121.1-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

    a bachelor degree in a related field is needed to work as a Chiropractor or Osteopath. Many Chiropractors and Osteopaths complete postgraduate studies.

    You must also be registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia or the Osteopathy Board of Australia.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check

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    Employers look for Chiropractors and Osteopaths who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      78% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Psychology

      69% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    3. Education and Training

      66% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    4. Clerical

      64% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. English Language

      64% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    1. Contact With Others

      100% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      100% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    3. Freedom to Make Decisions

      99% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

    4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      99% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      99% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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