Acupuncture Physician

Use your medical expertise and tiny needles to relieve pain.

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$38,000 – $137,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Acupuncture Physicians do?

Acupuncture Physicians are licensed Physicians who specialize in acupuncture treatments in addition to traditional medicine. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture involves pricking the skin with small needles to help relieve pain and other physical ailments. Acupuncture Physicians know exactly how to place the needles for comfort instead of pain. As an Acupuncture Physician, you have your patients on pins and needles — but that’s a good thing!

First-time patients stop by your office for consultations. In addition to assessing their past medical history, you learn about their current ailments. You advise them on how acupuncture can help them, and explain how treatment works.

When it’s time for treatment, you take your patient to a comfortable, quiet room where she can lie down on a table for the procedure. Your office may have a more spa-like feel to it than the traditional Doctor ’s office. You help the patient relax, and once the treatment is finished, she should feel better.

Of course, acupuncture can’t solve all problems. If your patient thinks he broke his arm, you would tell him to go to the emergency room for treatment. Surgeons may advise their patients to visit you after their surgery to help reduce swelling. Whether they need pain management or simply want to reduce stress, you help cure patients in the least invasive ways possible.

Should I be an Acupuncture Physician?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become an Acupuncture Physician

    Most Acupuncture Physicians have a Doctorate or a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:amgo9i&chl=|certificate+%2810%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2811%25%29|master%27s+%2848%25%29|doctorate+%2827%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,48
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