Gatineau - QC
Job Description Chiropractor
A Chiropractor is a healthcare professional who diagnoses, treats and works to prevent issues related to bones, joints, muscles and the neuromusculoskeletal system. They can treat everything from joint pain to misaligned spines through corrective manipulations and other physical treatments. They can practice in private clinics specifically for chirpordery, or in hospitals, general clinics and other healthcare facilities in association with healthcare professionals in other disciplines. A Chiropractor can treat both acute injuries and long-term chronic conditions. Each patient will have unique needs, and it is up to the Chiropractor to design a custom plan of treatment to address their symptoms.
5 Requirements to be Chiropractor
- Three years of undergraduate study at the university level
- A four year degree at the accredited Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) or the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, or similar institution in another country
- Complete 1200+ hours of hands-on training and learning
- Become a registered member of a provincial regulatory organization (i.e. College of Chiropractors of Ontario)
- Possess strong chiropractic knowledge and communication skills
What does a Chiropractor do ?
A Chiropractor will spend their day meeting with patients in order to diagnose and treat specific physical conditions. As every patient will have a unique history and symptoms, a Chiropractor needs to be well versed in a wide range of chiropractic techniques and treatments. As with other healthcare practitioners, there is a great deal of one-on-one interaction with patients and clients, in addition to some administrative tasks. Typical duties and tasks of a Chiropractor include:
- Meeting and diagnoses new patients
- Designing custom treatments and therapies
- Treating regular patients with chronic conditions
- Discussing family history and other factors with patients
- Researching conditions and symptoms to make the correct diagnoses
- Learning about new chiropractic techniques and therapeutic innovations
- Performing administrative tasks, including filing paperwork, insurance and records
How to become Chiropractor
Given the nature of the profession, aspiring chiropractors need to meet specific educational and training requirements. First, they must complete at least three years of undergraduate study at the university level, before attending the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) or the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Upon graduation, they must complete a minimum of 1200 hours of hands-on training under the supervision of an accredited chiropractor, and become a registered member of a provincial regulatory organization such as the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.
Sectors of activity that are recruiting a Chiropractor
Chiropractors are recruited by private clinics and related facilities within the healthcare sector. As they are not MDs, chiropractors are not typically recruited by hospitals or doctors offices.
Outlook and career development as a Chiropractor
The long-term employment outlook for chiropractors is considered to be good, with slight differences depending on location. Over the next 10 years, there is actually predicted to be a labour shortage, with the number of available job positions outnumber qualified job applicants, meaning there will be strong opportunities.
Where does a Chiropractor work
A chiropractor works in private clinics or offices with a focus treating physical ailments of the skeletal and muscular system. They can also establish their own mobile independent practice and offer treatment options in private residences for individual clients
Other names of the profession Chiropractor
According to the CNP code (national classification of occupations), here are additional titles for chiropractor:
- Chiropractic technician
- Chiropractic care provider
Companies that are recruiting Chiropractor
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