Naturopaths believe in improving their clients' health through natural therapies and education about lifestyle, diet and exercise.Job Category:
What you will do:
As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:
- discuss with a client their health, family and social history and their lifestyle habits
- carry out a physical examination
- take blood samples and carry out other tests
- design a treatment plan based on the consultation and test results
- advise on diet and lifestyle
- keep detailed client notes
- see clients for follow-up appointments
- refer clients to a GP where necessary
- knowledge of how the human body works, human anatomy, physiology and the causes of diseases
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach (a theraputic relationship with the client)
- knowledge of psychology
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
- excellent verbal/oral and written communication skills
- analytical thinking skills
- time management skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- decision making skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
- the ability to understand people’s reactions (leadership skills)
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
You’ll need to get a qualification that is recognised by one of the professional organisations for naturopathy.
You should also check the course content covers all of the competencies you will need to meet voluntary registration as a naturopath and that it includes enough practical work experience.
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 or at a client’s home. Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience and through marketing your service you could build your client base.
You could specialise in a particular type of treatment or work with people with specific health problems.
You could also move into teaching or promoting naturopathic techniques or doing research into naturopathic therapies.