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What Do Chiropractor Do?

Occupation Description Assess, treat, and care for patients by manipulation of spine and musculoskeletal system. May provide spinal adjustment or address sacral or pelvic misalignment.

What Do Chiropractors Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Obtain and record patients' medical histories.
  • Counsel patients about nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, stress management, or other matters.
  • Suggest and apply the use of supports such as straps, tapes, bandages, or braces if necessary.
  • Diagnose health problems by reviewing patients' health and medical histories, questioning, observing, and examining patients and interpreting x-rays.
  • Recommend and arrange for diagnostic procedures, such as blood chemistry tests, saliva tests, x-rays, or other imaging procedures.
  • Evaluate the functioning of the neuromuscularskeletal system and the spine using systems of chiropractic diagnosis.

What Every Chiropractor Should Know

When polled, Chiropractors say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Types of Chiropractor Jobs

  • Physician
  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Chiropractic Doctor (DC)
  • Associate Doctor
  • Chiropractic Care

Chiropractor Employment Estimates

There were about 47,400 jobs for Chiropractor in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 12.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,900 new jobs for Chiropractor by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 1,800 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Chiropractor are Alaska, Washington, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Kansas, Mississippi, or West Virginia. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Chiropractors Make A Lot Of Money?

The salary for Chiropractors ranges between about $34,990 and $149,170 a year.


Chiropractors who work in New Jersey, Alaska, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Chiropractors in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $86,910
Alaska $93,160
Arizona $67,460
California $80,550
Colorado $87,290
Connecticut $99,530
Delaware $97,060
Florida $95,310
Georgia $69,160
Hawaii $86,590
Idaho $84,270
Illinois $90,620
Indiana $100,920
Iowa $81,670
Kansas $62,500
Kentucky $71,270
Louisiana $76,730
Maine $88,170
Maryland $95,070
Massachusetts $98,840
Michigan $66,410
Minnesota $89,400
Mississippi $89,290
Missouri $104,330
Montana $60,390
Nebraska $71,230
Nevada $95,330
New Hampshire $85,900
New Jersey $114,010
New Mexico $67,890
New York $83,800
North Carolina $100,320
North Dakota $77,630
Ohio $103,310
Oklahoma $67,500
Oregon $73,030
Pennsylvania $75,450
Rhode Island $115,350
South Carolina $91,910
South Dakota $85,630
Tennessee $114,630
Texas $83,730
Utah $54,220
Virginia $71,150
Washington $111,100
West Virginia $75,320
Wisconsin $89,020
Wyoming $71,740

Tools & Technologies Used by Chiropractors

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Chiropractors:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Scheduling software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Billing software
  • Practice management software PMS
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
  • MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR
  • PracticePRO Software Systems QuickPractice
  • Addison Health Systems WritePad EMR Systems

How to Become a Chiropractor

What kind of Chiropractor requirements are there?


How many years of work experience do I need?


Where do Chiropractors Work?


The table below shows the approximate number of Chiropractors employed by various industries.



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