Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-1011 Chiropractors
Adjust spinal column and other articulations of the body to correct abnormalities of the human body believed to be caused by interference with the nervous system. Examine patient to determine nature and extent of disorder. Manipulate spine or other involved area. May utilize supplementary measures, such as exercise, rest, water, light, heat, and nutritional therapy.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Evaluate the functioning of the neuromuscularskeletal system and the spine using systems of chiropractic diagnosis. Diagnose health problems by reviewing patients' health and medical histories, questioning, observing, and examining patients and interpreting x-rays. Perform a series of manual adjustments to the spine or other articulations of the body to correct the musculoskeletal system. Obtain and record patients' medical histories. Maintain accurate case histories of patients. Advise patients about recommended courses of treatment. Analyze x-rays to locate the sources of patients' difficulties and to rule out fractures or diseases as sources of problems. Counsel patients about nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, stress management, or other matters. Consult with or refer patients to appropriate health practitioners when necessary. Recommend and arrange for diagnostic procedures, such as blood chemistry tests, saliva tests, x-rays, or other imaging procedures. Suggest and apply the use of supports such as straps, tapes, bandages, or braces if necessary.
License: This applicant must file an application with all necessary documents with the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Application Fee: $150.00 Examination Fee: $150.00 License Issuance Fee: $75.00 Annual License Renewal Fee: $300.00 Inactive /Retired Renewal Fee: $150.00 Inactive Renewal Fee: $150.00 License by Credentials Application Fee: $1,000.00
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $17.12   Entry $35,615.00
Mean $39.81   Mean $82,805.00
Experience $51.15 Experience $106,405.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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