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Job description of a Natural healer

Find out how you can have a career as a naturopathic treatment practitioner. See what the education and training requirements are, and discover the job prospects to see if this field is right for you.


Career Definition


A naturopathic treatment practitioner is a type of health care provider who treats patients using a system of medicine that is based on the healing power of nature. Like contemporary medical doctors, naturopathic treatment practitioners identify, diagnose, and treat patients for their conditions and illnesses. Common duties of naturopathic treatment practitioners include meeting with patients, examining patients, performing tests, following up and monitoring patients, discussing treatment options, designing treatment plans, and other duties as needed.

Become a Naturopathic Treatment Practitioner
Education Required



If want to become a naturopathic treatment practitioner, you'll need at least a four-year bachelor's degree and, depending on the state and capacity you plan on working in, a master's degree and certification. According to the American Naturopathic Certification Board (ANCB), www.ancb.net, candidates for certification in traditional naturopathy should have an advanced or graduate degree that includes significant naturopathy content. Common coursework to prepare for a career in naturopathic healing includes anatomy, histology, naturopathic history and philosophy, nutrition, immunology, and oriental medicine.

Required Skills

Naturopathic treatment practitioners, like contemporary medical doctors, are responsible for the health and well-being of patients; they should be able to connect easily with other people and be comfortable discussing health issues and treatment options. Knowledge of common business and management practices will also be helpful to naturopathic treatment practitioners who own their own practices.
Employment and Economic Outlook


The employment outlook for the health care industry, which includes naturopathic healing, is good; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov, projects that employment for healthcare practitioners will grow by about 22% from 2012-2022. According to O*Net Online, www.onetonline.org, naturopathic physicians earned a median salary of $72,710 in 2012.

Alternate Career Options
Dietitian


A dietitian uses knowledge and expertise gained through a bachelor's degree program in dietetics and nutrition to provide healthy meal planning for institutions, like schools, nursing home or hospitals; they also teach healthy meal planning and the principles of good nutrition to individuals, such as those seeking to lose weight or revise their diet in response to a medical diagnosis. A dietitian may need state licensing, registration or certification; a dietitian may also earn the Registered Dietitian (RD) designation, which is often highly valued by employers. The BLS reports that dietitians can expect better than average job growth of 21% from 2012-2022. Working dietitians earned median pay of $55,240 in 2012, per the BLS.

Health Educator

A health educator prepares and delivers instruction on making changes and choices that promote health and wellness within a community. Health educators can work with individuals or groups; they put together information that they can hand out at programs or when meeting with people one-on-one, they evaluate how effective programs or services are, and they assist people in connection to related health care services directly. Health educators usually have a bachelor's degree in the field and earn Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) status. Health educators can expect good job growth opportunities from 2012-2022, per the BLS - jobs are predicted to increase 21%. The median salary of health educators was $48,790 in 2012, according to the BLS.

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