There are many jobs out there that beckon to individual people. Some people feel called to work in the media while others feel a strong affinity towards firefighting. Everyone has a unique dream for what they want to achieve with their career, and for quite a few people, that dream is to become a chiropractor. While there is a lot of material out there on how to achieve quite popular jobs, there isn't a whole lot of information regarding the chiropractor profession, so here is a quick summary of what you can expect if you enter this field.
Since you will be working in the health and wellness industry, you need a few qualifications before you begin practicing as a licensed chiropractor. From start to finish most people become a chiropractor in about five or six years. This includes:
- A bachelor's degree in chiropractic science: these are generally three-year degrees when studied full time.
- A master's of clinical chiropractic: the timeframe on these masters varies from two to three years at most universities.
Most of these courses can be entered with an ATAR of around 80, and if you don't meet those requirements or are a mature age student, you can always do a bridging course to get in, making it quite an attainable degree for those who want it.
To become a practicing chiropractor, you now need to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and then you are all set to start! Now it is about finding an established clinic to work at for at least a few years. Luckily there is always room for chiropractors, especially as the country's population continues to age along with a steady flow of sports injuries and genetic conditions. Finding a practice can be hard initially, but don't give up. Getting your foot in the door is all you need as, after this, your opportunities become much more open. If that means taking a job a long way away from where you live, do it--at least for a little while.
The best thing about being a chiropractor is that after you have built up a few years of experience, you can start to really flex your entrepreneurial muscle. If you want to branch out, perhaps with a trusted colleague, then do it. Chiropractors are almost universally popular across major cities and even in smaller towns. It is easy to find work once you have a few years under your belt, and this industry is great for those who want to set out on their own. All in all, within 10 years from starting your degree, you could be thinking about opening your own chiropractor clinic, and from there, the sky is the limit.