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Homeopath

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

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  • Minimum Education 5 years post-secondary
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  • Employed < 1500
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Also Known As

Complimentary Medicine Practitioner

NOC & Interest Codes
The Homeopath is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Homeopaths
NOC code: 3232.5
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 Mar 23, 2015

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

Homeopaths conduct extensive interviews with new patients. They ask questions about external and internal factors that may contribute to a patient's symptoms. Based on their analysis, observation and a brief physical exam, homeopaths prescribe an appropriate remedy and may also recommend lifestyle changes (for example, diet, excercise). Each person is treated individually regardless of their illness.

When a patient has acute or obvious symptoms, treatment may be straightforward. In chronic cases, further research may be required. Usually, this involves accessing information stored in databases.

Homeopaths also:

  • instruct and counsel patients about how to use remedies and take preventative measures to ensure optimal health 
  • manage homeopathic clinics and pharmacies
  • participate in public education activities that promote health and wellness
  • encourage patients to be proactive about their health, rather than reactive to issues when symptoms arise
  • administer diagnostic tests where relevant (saliva hormone, urinary thyroid, food allergy, environmental pollutant, etc.)
  • teach and train students.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 23, 2015

Homeopaths may work within a multi-disciplinary clinical setting, in health food stores, from their homes or 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 Mar 23, 2015

Homeopaths need the following characteristics:

  • excellent observational skills
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • patience
  • persistence 
  • an unprejudiced, open mind
  • analytical ability
  • interest in human medicine.

They should enjoy analyzing information provided by patients, performing tasks requiring precision, and helping patients regain and maintain good health.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 23, 2015
Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 23, 2015

The practice of homeopathy is not regulated in Alberta. However, two pieces of legislation are relevant: homeopaths (1) may not perform restricted activities defined in the Government Organization Act and (2) may use titles and words such as doctor, registered and regulated only as defined in the Health Professions Act.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 23, 2015

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, while others may teach at a college.

In this occupation, 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 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 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.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 23, 2015

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

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Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 23, 2015

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

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: www.hanp.net

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

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

Ontario Homeopathic Association (OHA) website: www.ontariohomeopath.com

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Updated Dec 09, 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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