Acupuncture Career Overview

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are thriving. See if you've got what it takes to be an acupuncturist.

What You'll Do

  • Treat patients' symptoms using a variety of tools including needles, cups and electrical currents
  • Provide personalized treatment by developing a plan for each patient
  • Stay in accordance with all laws and statutes of acupuncture
  • Keep patient records
  • Diagnose ailments according to Oriental medicine traditions
  • Promote an alternative medicine philosophy
  • Make health and wellness recommendations

Acupuncturists have a unique opportunity to treat patients using an ancient method of Oriental medicine. This field often provides a flexible schedule and the chance to meet many people. Acupuncturists can take advantage of being their own boss and running a private practice or they can work in a collaborative setting with other natural healers, like massage therapists. Acupuncture is based on an alternative medicine philosophy which you'll need to understand before making it a career. Explore the personality traits an acupuncturist should possess and see if this is the career for you.

You are... You should have...
Compassionate Interpersonal skills
Comfortable working with the public High ethical standards
Creative Tendency for self motivation
Supportive A sympathetic nature
A good listener Passion for ancient healing traditions
A clear communicator Patience
  Critical-thinking skills

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