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Chiropractor

Chiropractors are health professionals concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems with the spine, muscles, bones, joints and nervous system. They emphasize manual therapies including spinal manipulation and adjustment.

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  • Minimum Education 7 years post-secondary
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  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Complimentary Medicine Practitioner, Doctor

NOC & Interest Codes
The Chiropractor is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Chiropractors
NOC code: 3122
INNOVATIVE

Interest in co-ordinating information from examinations and tests to determine the effectiveness of various treatments such as electrotherapy, light and massage

SOCIAL

Interest in mentoring patients by advising on corrective exercises, posture, lifestyle and nutrition, and by referring them for medical care when appropriate

METHODICAL

Interest in manipulating the spinal column, pelvis, extremities, associate tissues and therapeutic medical equipment according to established practices and procedures

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 Sep 22, 2014

In general, chiropractors:

  • diagnose health problems by reviewing patients' chief complaint, personal and family health histories; observing and examining patients; and interpreting various forms of imaging such as x-rays
  • advise patients regarding recommended courses of treatment
  • treat patients (this often involves a series of spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapies and exercises to correct the neuromusculoskeletal system, and to restore and maintain the function of the nervous system)
  • recommend supportive treatments such as dietary and lifestyle changes
  • refer patients to other health practitioners when appropriate.

Chiropractors may take x-rays themselves or refer patients to medical x-ray technologists.

Working Conditions
Updated Sep 22, 2014

Most chiropractors work in their own clinics or with other chiropractors. Some chiropractors share offices with other health providers such as massage therapists, physiotherapists or family physicians.

Chiropractors must stand for much of their working day. Upper body strength is required to perform specific procedures and assist in patient movement.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Sep 22, 2014

Chiropractors need the following characteristics:

  • good listening skills
  • kindliness and empathy
  • patience and perseverance
  • strength and endurance
  • good health
  • good stress management skills
  • a high degree of manual dexterity.

They should enjoy analyzing information to determine the most effective treatments, advising patients and adjusting or manipulating patients to promote health and wellness.

Educational Requirements
Updated Sep 22, 2014

The minimum educational requirement is three years of a bachelor's degree followed by a four-year Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree program.

In Canada, two post-secondary schools offer the DC degree program:

Most entrants have a bachelor's degree in arts or science (BA or B.Sc.). Admission to CMCC requires a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5/4 in 15 full-year courses or 90 credit hours of undergraduate study. There are no course requirements but potential applicants are encouraged to study kinesiology, biology, psychology, anatomy, physical education and chemistry.

Chiropractic colleges in the United States accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) also are recognized by the College of Chiropractors of Alberta.


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College - Toronto


Related Education

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

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Certification Requirements
Updated Sep 22, 2014

Chiropractor

Chiropractors examine, diagnose and treat patients, through chiropractic adjustment and other natural means, to maintain and promote health and wellness.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Chiropractors Profession Regulation, registration with the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors is mandatory if you meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members, who are authorized by the College, provide restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only registered members may call themselves chiropractors.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of: (1) an approved chiropractic program of studies, and (2) approved examinations. Applicants who have been out of practice for a period of time also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the ACAC website or contact the ACAC.

Working in Alberta

Chiropractors who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered chiropractors in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated chiropractors, see Chiropractor Registration Process on the AlbertaCanada.com website.

Contact Details

Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors
11203 - 70 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5B 1T1
Phone number: 780-420-0932
Fax number: 780-425-6583
Website: www.albertachiro.com

Employment & Advancement
Updated Sep 22, 2014

Chiropractors operate independent practices as sole proprietors or join other chiropractors or health providers to form a clinic. Chiropractors may offer services in the areas of occupational and industrial health, athletic injuries, x-ray interpretation, orthopedics, rehabilitation, nutrition, geriatrics or pediatrics care.

It may take some time and considerable capital expenditure to build a thriving, profitable practice. Business skills and knowledge are required.

Chiropractors work in the Health Care and Social Assistance (PDF) industry.

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 Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
  • 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.

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

The demand for chiropractic service is greatest in towns and rural areas.

Wage & Salary
Updated Sep 22, 2014

No information is available regarding chiropractors' incomes in Alberta.

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Other Sources of Information
Updated Sep 22, 2014

Canadian Chiropractic Association website: www.chiropracticcanada.ca

College of Chiropractors of Alberta website: www.albertachiro.com

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 27, 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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