Chiropractors and osteopaths work with patients to diagnose and treat physiological and mechanical disorders of the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems, particularly the spine, without the use of drugs or surgery.

Where chiropractors are employed

Chiropractors work in medical and other health care services. Opportunities exist for new graduates to work as locums (temporary relief workers) or as associates of established clinics. They may also set up their own practices. Research and teaching positions may be available in some areas. Established chiropractors usually work in their own private practice or in clinics with other healthcare professionals. They may also act as allied health consultants in areas such as occupational health and safety, sport, rehabilitation, health insurance assessment and medico-legal advising.

Pay

Full-time chiropractors in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for chiropractor

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 146 people employed full-time as chiropractors in South Australia compared with 130 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a chiropractor you have to complete a degree in chiropractic science at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Licensing or registration requirements

In Australia you must be registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia to work as a chiropractor.

Recognition of qualifications and skills obtained outside Australia

If you have overseas gained qualifications you must undertake the Council of Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA) assessment. This process includes assessment of your overseas gained qualifications as well as clinical competency assessments.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Specialist Migrant Services on 08 8303 2450 or email sms@sa.gov.au.

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