Natural therapists provide services in the areas of traditional medicine and natural therapy. A range of medical techniques and remedies are used to diagnose, treat and prevent physical illness or dysfunction. These include homeopathy, herbalism and aromatherapy.
Where natural therapists are employed
Natural therapists usually work in private practice, and success depends largely upon the local community's willingness to receive (and pay for) alternative medical treatments. Other career options are available through group practices, research, consultancy, government agencies or in industries such as health food and manufacturing of natural products.
Full-time natural therapists in South Australia generally earn less than $600 per week.
Due to the increasing awareness of alternative forms of medicine, natural therapy is becoming a more widely recognised industry. In 2011 there were 137 people employed full-time as natural therapists the same number (137) were employed in 2006.
How to become one
Usually you need a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or a degree in the natural therapy field you wish to practice. At school consider doing biology.
See courses related to this occupation.
For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).
Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.
For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).
Career information has been sourced from government publications, see data sources for more information.