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Chiropractic Assistant

Chiropractic assistants perform a variety of support tasks to assist chiropractors with patient care.

  • Avg. Salary $38,099.00
  • Avg. Wage $23.85
  • Minimum Education High school diploma
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 4,400
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Health Care Assistant, Medical Assistant, Administrative Support Personnel

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

50%
50%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Chiropractic Assistant is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Therapy Assistants
NOC code: 3414.2
METHODICAL

Interest in copying information to assist patients as directed by health care professionals

SOCIAL

Interest in assisting patients by helping elderly and incapacitated patients to dress and undress, by accompanying patients to treatment rooms and by supporting them in other activities

objective

Interest in handling to prepare and maintain work materials and supplies; and in assisting patients in the use of therapeutic equipment

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Chiropractic assistants work under the direct supervision of chiropractors. They may perform mostly clerical or mostly clinical duties or both, depending on the size of the office. The more employees in an office, the more likely chiropractic assistants will specialize in a particular type of work.

In general, chiropractic assistants:

  • perform routine reception and clerical duties such as answering the telephone, scheduling appointments, maintaining chiropractic health records and ordering supplies (for more information, see the Administrative Assistant occupational profile)
  • greet patients and show them to adjustment rooms
  • help patients complete chiropractic health histories, if necessary 
  • apply ice packs and heat packs
  • keep examining and waiting rooms clean and orderly
  • accept payment for health products
  • perform accounting-related duties such as keeping track of accounts payable and receivable, bank deposits and payroll (for more information, see the Accounting Technician occupational profile)
  • process claims for health insurance, motor vehicle insurance or Workers' Compensation.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Hours of work vary depending on chiropractors' office schedules. For example, chiropractic assistants may work weekdays and some Saturdays or evenings. Some chiropractic assistants work part time.

Chiropractic assistants may spend much of their time on their feet and routinely handle items weighing up to 10 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Chiropractic assistants need the following characteristics:

  • a mature attitude toward the human body
  • the ability to follow directions closely
  • good communication skills
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • the ability to work on several tasks simultaneously
  • the ability to establish rapport with and instill confidence in patients who may be in pain
  • an interest in natural healing practices.

They should enjoy having guidelines for their work and assisting patients.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Chiropractic assistants generally are trained on the job. A high school diploma usually is required but additional employment requirements vary depending on the duties of the particular position. Computer and bookkeeping skills are a definite asset.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Academy of Learning - Airdrie

Academy of Learning - Brooks

Academy of Learning - Calgary NE

Academy of Learning - Calgary South

Academy of Learning - Edmonton South

Academy of Learning - Edmonton West

Academy of Learning - High River

Academy of Learning - Medicine Hat

Academy of Learning - Red Deer

Bow Valley College

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary City Centre

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary North

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary South

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton City Centre

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton North

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton South

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton West

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Red Deer

Medical Reception College 1 Ltd. - Calgary

Medical Reception College 1 Ltd. - Edmonton

Reeves College - Calgary City Centre

Reeves College - Calgary North

Reeves College - Edmonton

Reeves College - Lethbridge

Reeves College - Lloydminster

Robertson College - Calgary NW

Robertson College - Edmonton

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Chiropractic assistants work for chiropractors in private practice.

Most chiropractors employ a small number of assistants, usually only one or two, so opportunities to advance to supervisory positions are limited. Advancement generally takes the form of opportunities to learn new skills.

Chiropractic assistants are part of the 2011 National Occupational Classification 3237: Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment. In Alberta, 87% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 7,700 Albertans are employed in the Other assisting occupations in support of health services occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.2% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 246 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As chiropractic assistants form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for chiropractic assistants.  

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Other assisting occupations in support of health services
NOC code: 3414

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $14.00 $28.90 $21.05 $21.45
Overall $16.00 $34.03 $23.85 $23.41
Top $18.00 $36.20 $26.05 $25.07

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Public Administration
Health Care & Social Assistance
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Retail Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

21%
21%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

3%
3%

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related High School Subjects
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Health Care Services
    • Recreation Leadership
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Clerical and Administrative Support

Updated Apr 02, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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