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

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £80,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 variable

You could work: in your own business; managing your own hours

Future employment

There will be 6% more Chiropractor jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • use your hands to treat disorders of bones, muscles and joints
  • manipulate the spine
  • treat neck, back and shoulder pain
  • treat sciatica and leg problems
  • help clients with sports injuries, poor posture and joint and muscle pain
  • make sure your client's condition is suitable for treatment
  • discuss their symptoms and health problems in detail
  • carry out examinations, sometimes using x-rays or blood tests
  • design a programme of treatment for each individual client
  • give advice on lifestyle, diet and exercise to support recovery

Working environment

You could work in a therapy clinic.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course

You'll need to complete a 4-year degree or postgraduate master's course recognised by the General Chiropractic Council.

This involves 3 years of full-time study and 1 year working under supervision.

You may be able to take an Access to Science course if you do not have the degree entry requirements.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 3 A levels or equivalent
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Volunteering and work experience

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

You'll also find it useful to get experience of working in a health or care role. You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator or manager at your local NHS trust for more advice.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a chiropractor from the General Chiropractic Council and the British Chiropractic Association.

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With experience you could set up your own practice.

You could also move into education, or specialise in sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurology or research.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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