Naturopaths treat internal health problems, metabolic disorders and imbalances through treatment of the whole person using natural therapies.

    A formal qualification is required to work as a Naturopath. This includes a bachelor degree in Health Science (naturopathy) or advanced diploma of applied science naturopathy.

    Tasks

    • Assesses patients to determine the nature of the disorder, illness, problem or need by questioning, examining and observing.
    • Develops and implements treatment plans.
    • Evaluates and documents patients' progress through treatment plans.
    • Seeks to improve and treat disease chiefly by assisting the body's innate capacity to recover from illness and injury.
    • Naturopathic practice may include a broad array of different modalities, including manual therapy, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, herbalism, acupuncture, counselling and environmental medicine.

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    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Naturopaths

    • 2,800 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 32% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 84% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Naturopaths (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 2,900 in 2011 to 2,800 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Naturopaths work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Retail Trade; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (32%, 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 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56%).
    • Gender: 84% 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 Assistance76.9
    Retail Trade15.9
    Manufacturing1.5
    Wholesale Trade1.5
    Other Industries4.2

    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.
    StateNaturopathsAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.631.6
    VIC24.325.6
    QLD24.520.0
    SA6.57.0
    WA10.710.8
    TAS2.02.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT1.11.9

    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 BracketNaturopathsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.8-9.39.3
    25-3414.3-22.922.9
    35-4429.2-22.022.0
    45-5428.1-21.621.6
    55-5911.0-9.09.0
    60-648.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.8-4.24.2

    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 QualificationNaturopathsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree48.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma39.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV2.3-21.121.1
    Year 121.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

    A formal qualification is required to work as a Naturopath. This includes a bachelor degree in Health Science (naturopathy) or advanced diploma of applied science naturopathy.

    Membership with the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

    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

      81% Skill level

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

    2. Medicine and dentistry

      80% Skill level

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

    3. Therapy and counselling

      80% Skill level

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

    4. Biology

      71% Skill level

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

    5. Customer and personal service

      67% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Contact with people

      99% Important

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

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      98% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    4. Frequent decision making

      96% Important

      Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

    5. Electronic mail

      94% Important

      Use electronic mail.

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