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

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

in your own business managing your own hours

How to become

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How to become a chiropractor

You can get into this job through a university course.


You'll need to do a 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 might 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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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.

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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.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

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

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in a therapy clinic.

Career path and progression

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Career path and 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

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Current opportunities

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