Wages & Outlook
Self-employed chiropractors usually earn more than those who work for others. However, their earnings are somewhat low when starting a practice, and increase as the practice grows. This is true for any type of private practice. In addition, earnings are affected by the qualifications and personal traits of the chiropractor. Those who develop good relationships with their patients are more likely to have repeat customers.
Chiropractors who work full time in a group practice generally receive benefits, such as paid vacation and health insurance. Self-employed chiropractors must provide their own insurance.
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In Minnesota, about 1,082 chiropractors work in this small occupation.
About 50 percent of chiropractors are self-employed. Most of the rest work in group practices. A small number teach or work in doctors' offices or hospitals.
Chiropractors stress the importance of healthy lifestyles and do not prescribe drugs or do surgery. Demand for chiropractors will increase as more Americans are drawn to this type of alternative medicine. In addition, recent research has shown that chiropractic treatment really cures problems. As a result, more health insurance plans now pay for chiropractic treatment. These findings may also convince people who previously doubted the quality of chiropractic treatments to try it. As the population ages, there will also be an increased need for treatment.
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