Employment outlook for chiropractic is strong
This story about Palmer College and chiropractic being the #1 profession for job security, according to MarketWatch, aired on WQAD-TV, Moline, Ill., on Friday, March 27.
If you’re considering a career in chiropractic, your prospects are good. Compared to other professions in the U.S., chiropractors have strong job growth, competitive salaries and lots of job security.
In fact, a recently released report by MarketWatch.com rated chiropractors #1 for job security, based on unemployment rates, projected job growth, and income levels, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Just one in every 1,000 chiropractors was unemployed in 2014, the lowest figure among all occupations reviewed by the BLS.
The chiropractic profession alo continues to offer future chiropractors very competitive salaries. According to Salary.com, Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) salaries are higher than most other comparable health care professionals. Nationally, D.C. salaries are higher than those of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physical therapists, and more than double what athletic trainers earn. Only medical doctors (M.D.) and doctors of osteopathy (D.O.) earned more. However, it’s worth noting that chiropractors report a shorter work week and higher job satisfaction than the average M.D./D.O.
In 2012, the Bureau of labor statistics reported a stronger than average job growth for chiropractors through 2022, at nearly 15 percent, compared to a national average of 10.8 percent for all jobs. This information, combined with salary rates, and job security provides a positive outlook for future chiropractors. Despite a sluggish economy and a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape, opportunities for employment in chiropractic are expected to remain strong well into the future.