Naturopath

Naturopaths believe in improving their clients' health through natural therapies and education about lifestyle, diet and exercise.

Average salary (a year)

Variable

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

in your own business managing your own hours

How to become a Naturopath

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course

University

To prepare for work as a naturopath, it will help if you take a qualification that is recognised by one of the professional organisations for naturopathy.

The General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN) is a professional body for naturopathy and recommends that courses should last at least three years, should involve attendance and not be done by distance learning.

The GCRN accredits the following training courses:

  • Diploma in Naturopathy and BSc degree in Osteopathic Medicine – offered by the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (four years)
  • postgraduate diploma, aimed at registered medical practitioners, osteopaths and chiropractors – offered by the College of Osteopaths

The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) also offers a Diploma in Naturopathy.

When considering a course, discuss exactly what the training provider is offering and check what experience and qualifications they hold. You should also check how the course is delivered and how much of the course involves clinical placements.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 3 A levels (with at least two in science-based subjects)

More information

More information

Professional and industry bodies

It will help if you work towards membership of a professional body, and register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

Further information

The General Naturopathic Council, and General Council and Register of Naturopaths have more information about training.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • knowledge of psychology
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • discussing your client's symptoms and their lifestyle
  • carrying out a physical examination
  • taking blood samples and carrying out other tests
  • designing a treatment plan based on the consultation and test results
  • advising on diet and lifestyle
  • keeping detailed client notes
  • seeing clients for follow-up appointments
  • referring clients to a GP where necessary

Working environment

You could work at a client's home, in a consultation room or in a therapy clinic.

Career path and progression

With experience you could move into teaching or research.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Naturopath right now.

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