Acupuncturists

Provide treatment of symptoms and disorders using needles and small electrical currents. May provide massage treatment. May also provide preventive treatments.

Median Annual Wage: $73,400

Education: Master's degree (48%); Professional degree (14%); Doctoral degree (13%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Acupuncturist; Licensed Acupuncturist; Acupuncture Physician

Browse Job Listings

Browse Schools

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Acupuncturists.

More Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Careers

  • Maintain and follow standard quality, safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to local, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes.
  • Identify correct anatomical and proportional point locations based on patients' anatomy and positions, contraindications, and precautions related to treatments such as intradermal needles, moxibution, electricity, guasha, and bleeding.
  • Maintain detailed and complete records of health care plans and prognoses.
  • Analyze physical findings and medical histories to make diagnoses according to Oriental medicine traditions.
  • Treat patients using tools such as needles, cups, ear balls, seeds, pellets, and nutritional supplements.
  • Develop individual treatment plans and strategies.
  • Collect medical histories and general health and life style information from patients.
  • Evaluate treatment outcomes and recommend new or altered treatments as necessary to further promote, restore, or maintain health.
  • Dispense herbal formulas and inform patients of dosages and frequencies, treatment duration, possible side effects and drug interactions.
  • Assess patients' general physical appearance to make diagnoses.
  • Educate patients on topics such as meditation, ergonomics, stretching, exercise, nutrition, the healing process, breathing, and relaxation techniques.
  • Formulate herbal preparations to treat conditions considering herbal properties such as taste, toxicity, effects of preparation, contraindications, and incompatibilities.
  • Consider Western medical procedures in health assessment, health care team communication, and care referrals.
  • Apply heat or cold therapy to patients using materials such as heat pads, hydrocollator packs, warm compresses, cold compresses, heat lamps, and vapor coolants.
  • Apply moxibustion directly or indirectly to patients using Chinese, non-scarring, stick, or pole moxa.
  • Treat medical conditions using techniques such as acupressure, shiatsu, and tuina.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Acupuncturists.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Acupuncturists.

Search Local Job Listings