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Helping you find a career as an Acupuncturist

An acupuncturist is a complementary health practitioner who seeks to improve a patient's general wellbeing. They follow an ancient form of therapy based on the belief that that human health depends on the body's vital energy, known as the qi, being in balance. An acupuncturist seeks to address any imbalances by the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points.


What does an Acupuncturist do?
Daily responsibilities include:

- Carrying out consultations with patients, in order to establish their history, health records and to establish a treatment plan
- Conducting treatment sessions with patients
- Explaining the theory of acupuncture to patients clearly and addressing any concerns and questions they may have
- Incorporating other treatments such as electro-acupuncture and acupressure (to loosen and relax muscles) into the treatment
- Assessing patient progress and arranging follow-ups if necessary
- Maintaining patient and financial records
- Promoting and sustaining your practice
What skills and interests should an Acupuncturist have?
An acupuncturist must have an understanding and passion for the unique type of treatment they practice. Additionally, they will need good communication skills in order to deal with patients as well as a great deal of compassion and empathy to assist with patients' problems.

Healthcare knowledge is not essential but may be beneficial to your career as an acupuncturist. Knowledge of biological sciences will be helpful, but attitude, personal qualities, and compassion are highly important.
What hours does an Acupuncturist typically do?
Working hours may vary greatly and may often include unsocial hours, such as weekends and evenings, in order to suit patients. Part-time work may be possible depending on the dynamics of your practice.
What environment is an Acupuncturist based in?
An acupuncturist will typically be based in a medical practice, often a private one.
How much does an Acupuncturist travel?
An acupuncturist may travel around in order to treat clients, but also to attend conferences, training sessions and promotional events.
How much does an Acupuncturist get paid?
Acupuncturists' salaries are contingent on the success of the practice and may take many years to rise to decent levels. As such additional income from other employment may be required, at least initially. Established acupuncturists may treat up to 40 clients a week but fees will still vary on the success and location of the practice.
Perks & benefits
As there are no structured career progression opportunities, promotion is strongly contingent on the success and experience of the acupuncturist themself. However, it is possible for a successful practitioner to become a supervisor at an acupuncture college or a researcher or writer within the sector.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
There are a variety of acupuncture courses on offer at both honours level and above. You will be required to gain accreditation by the British Acupuncture Council, which involves a certain level of teaching and experience as a practitioner.
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