Naturopathic Physicians

Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals. May use physiological, psychological or mechanical methods. May also use natural medicines, prescription or legend drugs, foods, herbs, or other natural remedies.

Median Annual Wage: $73,400

Education: Doctoral degree (86%); Post-doctoral training (10%); Professional degree (5%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Medical Director; Physician; Clinical Director; Naturopathic Physician; Naturopathic Doctor; Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Chief Medical Officer; Chief Medical Officer, Naturopathic Endocrinologist and Oncologist; Doctor (Dr); Naturopathic Oncology Provider

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Naturopathic Physicians.

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  • Document patients' histories, including identifying data, chief complaints, illnesses, previous medical or family histories, or psychosocial characteristics.
  • Administer, dispense, or prescribe natural medicines such as food or botanical extracts, herbs, dietary supplements, vitamins, nutraceuticals, and amino acids.
  • Advise patients about therapeutic exercise and nutritional medicine regimens.
  • Conduct physical examinations and physiological function tests for diagnostic purposes.
  • Diagnose health conditions based on patients' symptoms and health histories, laboratory and diagnostic radiology test results, or other physiological measurements, such as electrocardiograms and electroencephalographs.
  • Educate patients about health care management.
  • Administer treatments or therapies, such as homeopathy, hydrotherapy, Oriental or Ayurvedic medicine, electrotherapy and diathermy, using physical agents including air, heat, cold, water, sound, or ultraviolet light to catalyze the body to heal itself.
  • Maintain professional development through activities such as post-graduate education, continuing education, preceptorships, and residency programs.
  • Consult with other health professionals to provide optimal patient care, referring patients to traditional health care professionals as necessary.
  • Prescribe synthetic drugs under the supervision of medical doctors or within the allowances of regulatory bodies.
  • Order diagnostic imaging procedures such as radiographs (x-rays), ultrasounds, mammograms, and bone densitometry tests, or refer patients to other health professionals for these procedures.
  • Obtain medical records from previous physicians or other health care providers for the purpose of patient evaluation.
  • Perform mobilizations and high-velocity adjustments to joints or soft tissues, using principles of massage, stretching, or resistance.
  • Perform venipuncture or skin pricking to collect blood samples.
  • Conduct periodic public health maintenance activities such as immunizations and screenings for diseases and disease risk factors.
  • Monitor updates from public health agencies to keep abreast of health trends.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Naturopathic Physicians.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Naturopathic Physicians.

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