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Homeopath

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

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

  • 3232.5: Homeopaths

2006 NOC-S

  • D232: Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing

2011 NOC

  • 3232: Practitioners of natural healing

2016 NOC

  • 3232: Practitioners of natural healing

2021 NOC

  • 32209: Other practitioners of natural healing

2023 OaSIS

  • 32209.03: Homeopaths
Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2024

Homeopathy is a holistic treatment system using small doses of highly diluted natural substances. The goal is to stimulate and strengthen the body’s natural defensive and healing capabilities. Homeopathic remedies come in liquid, powder, granule, or tablet form. They usually do not interact with other medications. Homeopathic medicines must follow strict guidelines as set out by Health Canada and the FDA.

Homeopaths conduct extensive interviews with new clients, documenting signs and symptoms of disease as well as the clients’ overall health history. Homeopaths ask questions about external and internal factors that may relieve or exacerbate symptoms. Based on their analysis and observations, homeopaths recommend a 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, selecting a remedy may be straightforward. In chronic cases, the homeopath may need to do further research. 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 preventive 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, such as saliva hormone, urinary thyroid, food allergy, and environmental pollutant tests
  • Teach and train students of homeopathy
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2024
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

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

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

Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Homeopaths

2006 NOC: 3232.5

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2024

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

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Practitioners of natural healing

2016 NOC: 3232

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 49 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Jan 29, 2022 and May 23, 2024.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Tasks: Provide other alternative forms of health care to patients
Work under pressure
Tasks: Diagnose the diseases, physiological disorders and injuries of patients and treat them
Tasks: Manipulate or apply pressure to various parts of the body, hands and feet
Construction Specialization: Effective interpersonal skills
Construction Specialization: Client focus
Attention to detail
Tasks: Advise patients on the use of herbs for the treatment of conditions
Construction Specialization: Organized
Construction Specialization: Reliability
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2024
  • Minimum Education 5 years post-secondary

Homeopaths come from a variety of backgrounds. Several 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.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2024
  • Certification Not Regulated

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2024

Homeopaths are self-employed practitioners who may work from their homes (via Zoom or in-person) 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. Many homeopaths continue study with a variety of extra accreditation courses for advancing their own ways of practice.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 3232: Practitioners of natural healing occupational group, 87.0% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 3232: Practitioners of natural healing occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2021 to 2025. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 19 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: 2021-2025 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2024

Incomes vary widely 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 Mar 31, 2024

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

Alberta Homeopathic Association (AHA) website: albertahomeopathicassociation.ca

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

Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) website: homeopathcertification.org

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

National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths (NUPATH) website: hpathy.com

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

Ontario Homeopathic Medical Association (OHA) website: ohma.info

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Updated Mar 31, 2024. 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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