Osteopaths diagnose and treat tissue strains, stresses and dysfunctions which impede normal neural, vascular and biochemical mechanisms, and provide advice on preventing these disorders.

    A bachelor degree in clinical sciences followed by a postgraduate qualification in osteopathy. Alternatively, you can complete a double degree in health science and applied science (osteopathy). Most Osteopaths complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Assists and improves the function of body systems.
    • Plans and discusses effective management of patients' dysfunction.
    • Designs, reviews, monitors, assesses and evaluates treatment programmes.
    • Records detailed patient medical histories, treatments delivered and the patients' responses and progress to treatments.
    • Uses gentle movements to treat muscles, bones and joints.
    • Gently changes and corrects the movement of the spine to restore movement and health.
    • Refers patients to specialists and liaise with other health professionals in relation to patients' problems, needs and progress.
    • Educates 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

    Osteopaths

    • 1,500 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 54% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 56% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Osteopaths (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,500 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: 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 (54%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 56% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Assistance99.1
    Education and Training0.5
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing0.2
    Public Administration and Safety0.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOsteopathsAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.731.6
    VIC57.725.6
    QLD9.220.0
    SA1.27.0
    WA3.010.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT2.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOsteopathsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-243.3-9.39.3
    25-3441.0-22.922.9
    35-4433.2-22.022.0
    45-5412.4-21.621.6
    55-594.3-9.09.0
    60-643.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationOsteopathsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate69.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree25.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 120.6-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in clinical sciences followed by a postgraduate qualification in osteopathy. Alternatively, you can complete a double degree in health science and applied science (osteopathy). Most Osteopaths complete postgraduate studies.

    Registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia is needed to work as an Osteopath.

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    • 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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    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

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    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      100% Important

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      99% Important

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      99% Important

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      99% Important

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