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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: Homeopaths (3232.5) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing (D232) 
  • 2011 NOC: Practitioners of natural healing (3232) 
  • 2016 NOC: Practitioners of natural healing (3232) 
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.


2006 NOC: 3232.5

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

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


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


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.

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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

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
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

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.

Traits & Skills
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

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 27 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Jan 29, 2022 and Sep 26, 2023.

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: Diagnose the diseases, physiological disorders and injuries of patients and treat them
Tasks: Provide other alternative forms of health care to patients
Work under pressure
Construction Specialization: Client focus
Construction Specialization: Organized
Construction Specialization: Reliability
Construction Specialization: Effective interpersonal skills
Attention to detail
Tasks: Manipulate or apply pressure to various parts of the body, hands and feet
Tasks: Diagnose illnesses and treat them by administering, in chemical or herbal form, a small dosage of the illness itself
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 31, 2018
  • Minimum Education 5 years post-secondary

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.

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 Dec 31, 2018
  • Certification Not Regulated

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.

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 an above-average annual growth of 3.3% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 20 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

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: 2019-2023 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 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:

Alberta Homeopathic Association (AHA) website:

American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH) website:

Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) website:

Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP) website:

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

North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH) website:

Ontario Homeopathic Medical Association (OHA) website:

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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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