There are currently around 3,400 qualified chiropractors registered to practise in the UK, with an almost equal split between women and men.
Many people choose the profession because they are keen to improve the quality of people’s lives.
Chiropractors work with people of all ages to help treat problems with the bones, joints and muscles that support the body (the ‘musculoskeletal system’).
The problems can range from neck and back pain to sports injuries. Most chiropractic treatments use very precise handling or movement, so it can be a physically demanding job. Working with such a diverse range of people with various conditions also means that it can be emotionally and intellectually challenging.
Becoming a chiropractor can offer a rewarding career. Almost all chiropractors in the UK work on a self-employed basis – this offers lots of flexibility in terms of working hours and location, but it is an important consideration when considering a career in chiropractic as there are currently only a few directly employed positions available. In addition to bespoke chiropractic qualifications, those entering the field need to have excellent communication and people skills.
Chiropractors need to complete an approved chiropractic degree, register with us and meet the requirements of our Code in order to practise in the UK. These criteria are essential to ensure that, in line with other health professionals, chiropractors are treating patients safely and to a consistently high standard.
In this video by the Society for Promoting Chiropractic Education (SPCE) you can hear more from current chiropractors and students, who have taken the step towards a chiropractic career - a truly unique job: even within the realms of healthcare, chiropractic stands apart and has an incredible impact - making a significant difference in peoples' lives, general health and wellbeing.
Is chiropractic the career for me?
If you are thinking of becoming a chiropractor, we recommend that you:
- talk to as many people as possible – including family, friends and, if possible, chiropractors in your local area – about whether chiropractic might be a good career choice for you
- contact the educational institutions offering chiropractic degrees as they have experience of working with a wide range of students from different backgrounds and abilities
- visit any open days for prospective students – they provide an excellent opportunity to gain insight into what chiropractic education and training involves.
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