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Homeopath

Homeopaths promote wellness by suggesting lifestyle changes and treating ailments with small doses of natural, non-toxic substances.

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  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education 5 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Complementary Medicine Practitioner

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Homeopaths (3232.5) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing (D232) 
  • 2011 NOC: Practitioners of natural healing (3232) 
Interest Codes
The Homeopath is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Homeopaths
SOCIAL

Interest in analyzing information provided by patients concerning illnesses and health problems

INNOVATIVE

Interest in precision working with chemical and herbal forms of illnesses to administer small dosages to patients for treatment purposes

DIRECTIVE

Interest in mentoring patients by providing homeopathic health care and by suggesting lifestyle changes

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 31, 2018

Homeopathy is based on the principle that like cures like. Homeopaths administer small amounts of natural substances which produce similar symptoms to those the patient is already feeling. For example, chopping red onions often produces a reaction similar to hay fever symptoms (tearing and a burning sensation in the eyes). Therefore, a homeopath may give a patient who has hay fever a homeopathic preparation of red onion. The body’s natural ability to heal itself is thought to be stimulated by the homeopathic remedy.

Homeopaths conduct extensive interviews with new clients, documenting signs and symptoms of diseases as well as their health history. They ask questions about external and internal factors that may relieve or exacerbate symptoms. Based on their analysis and observations, homeopaths recommend a homeopathically prepared remedy that is a match for the individual’s overall state. They may recommend changes to the client’s diet or lifestyle. Each person, regardless of diagnosis, is treated as an individual.

When a patient has acute or obvious symptoms, the selection of a remedy may be straightforward. In chronic cases, further research may be required. Usually this involves advanced case-taking and case-management skills and accessing information stored in databases.

Homeopaths also:

  • Advise patients about how to use remedies and may suggest preventative lifestyle choices
  • Manage homeopathic clinics and pharmacies
  • Work as sales representatives for manufacturers of homeopathic remedies
  • Participate in public education that promotes health and wellness
  • Recommend diagnostic tests where relevant (for example, saliva hormone, urinary thyroid, food allergy, and environmental pollutant tests)
  • Teach and train students of homeopathy
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Homeopaths may work within a multi-disciplinary clinical setting in health food stores, pharmacies or alternative medicine clinics, or from their homes. They may own and operate private clinics.

Most homeopaths set their own hours. They may work some evening and weekend hours to meet patient needs.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Homeopaths need:

  • Patience and persistence
  • Compassion
  • An open mind
  • An interest in human medicine
  • Excellent observational skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Analytical thinking

They should enjoy:

  • Analyzing information provided by patients
  • Performing precision tasks
  • Helping patients regain and maintain good health
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Homeopaths come from a variety of backgrounds. A number of organizations offer related programs of study or certification programs leading to professional designations:

Prospective homeopaths are strongly advised to discuss their education options with practicing homeopaths before enrolling in an education program.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 31, 2018

The practice of homeopathy is not regulated in Alberta. However, homeopaths:

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Homeopaths are self-employed practitioners who may work from their homes or operate private clinics. Some homeopaths travel to offer services in more than one location. Some teach at colleges.

Advancement generally involves building a larger practice.

Homeopaths are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3232: Practitioners of Natural Healing. In Alberta, 75% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance [pdf] industry.

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the Health Care and Assistance industry
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Incomes vary considerably in this occupation. Homeopaths may earn very little until they have established a large enough practice. They may charge set fees per visit and charge for homeopathic remedies.

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 31, 2018

Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America website: www.achena.org

Alberta Homeopathic Association (AHA) website: www.albertahomeopathicassociation.com

American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH) website: www.homeopathyusa.org

Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) website: www.homeopathicdirectory.com

Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP) website: hanp.net

National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths (NUPATH) website: www.nupath.org

North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH) website: homeopathy.org

Ontario Homeopathic Medical Association (OHA) website: www.theohma.com

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Updated Dec 31, 2018. 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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