Job Description:

Chiropractors manipulate joints, bones and soft tissue to help clients control pain or prevent injuries from re-occurring.

Job Category:
Health Care & Social Assistance

What you will do:

As a chiropractor you could:

  • talk to client’s about their symptoms, make sure their condition is suitable for treatment and design a treatment programme
  • treat back, leg, neck and shoulder pain
  • help clients with sports injuries, poor posture or joint and muscle pain
  • carry out examinations like X-rays or blood tests
  • give advice on lifestyle, diet and exercise to support recovery


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of how the human body works (human anatomy, endocrinology, musculoskeletal, neuropatholgy and neurophysiology for example)
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations (leadership skills)
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills & people skills)
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • ability to manage time
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through a university course.


You’ll need to do a degree or postgraduate master’s course.


You’ll need to get paid or voluntary experience of working with a chiropractor before applying for a course.

You’ll also find it useful to get experience of working in healthcare. You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local public hospital trust for more advice.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 37-39 hours of work. You could be required to work in your own business managing your own hours.

You could work in a therapy clinic.

Career Path & Progression:

Most chiropractors are self employed.

With experience you could:

  • set up your own practice
  • move into education or research
  • specialise in an area like sports medicine, rehabilitation or neurology