Description: A licensed acupuncturist uses fine needles beneath the skin to encourage the proper circulation of the energy force within the body. Practitioners often use Chinese herbs to treat patients.
Knowledge Required: Anatomy, physiology, psychology, biology, Chinese herbology
Skills: Strong communication and listening skills, and commercial skills, as practitioners must be comfortable working with patients and be able to inspire confidence.
Career Path: In order to become an acupuncturist, you must graduate from a school of acupuncture in the state where you will eventually practice. Most practitioners are self employed. A small number teach, conduct research, or work in clinics.
Best Cities for this job: Cities and small communities where there is a concentration of patients seeking alternative medicine. San Francisco, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz have high concentrations of Chinese medicine practitioners.
Median Annual Income: National: $40,000 CA: $45,000
Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 20% increase in employment, much faster than average.View more Day in the Life videos »