Acupuncturists treat disorders and illnesses by stimulating the body's defence mechanisms through inserting fine needles into the skin.

    An advanced diploma or bachelor degree in health science majoring in Chinese medicine or acupuncture is needed to work as an Acupuncturist.

    Tasks

    • Assesses patients to determine the nature of the disorder, illness, problem or need by questioning, examining and observing
    • Develops and implements treatment plans using acupuncture.
    • Evaluates and documents patients' progress through treatment plans.

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    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Acupuncturists

    • 1,400 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 44% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 53% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Acupuncturists (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,300 in 2011 to 1,400 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Acupuncturists work in New South Wales and Queensland.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (44%, 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 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56%).
    • Gender: 53% 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 Assistance97.9
    Other Services0.7
    Retail Trade0.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.4
    Other Industries0.6

    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.
    StateAcupuncturistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW39.831.6
    VIC19.125.6
    QLD27.620.0
    SA5.47.0
    WA5.510.8
    TAS1.02.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT1.41.9

    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 BracketAcupuncturistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.2-9.39.3
    25-3412.5-22.922.9
    35-4430.7-22.022.0
    45-5426.7-21.621.6
    55-5911.5-9.09.0
    60-6410.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationAcupuncturistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate22.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree61.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.2-21.121.1
    Year 122.2-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    An advanced diploma or bachelor degree in health science majoring in Chinese medicine or acupuncture is needed to work as an Acupuncturist.

    Membership with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia may be useful.

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    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Complementary Health Therapists 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. Psychology

      78% Skill level

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

    2. Medicine and dentistry

      73% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    3. Customer and personal service

      73% Skill level

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

    4. Therapy and counselling

      66% Skill level

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

    5. Biology

      58% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact with people

      96% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    2. Freedom to make decisions

      95% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    3. Physically close to people

      93% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

    4. Unstructured work

      89% Important

      Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      89% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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