If you're interested in pursuing a career in the field of health and medicine but don't feel called to the current
state of the healthcare profession, a degree in Alternative Medicine may be the right path for you.
Types of Degrees
A wide range of educational paths are available to people pursuing an education in the alternative medicine field,
certifications and bachelor's degrees up to doctoral degrees in naturopathy.
A high school diploma or equivalent with a strong academic background in science and math will help bachelor's degree
applicants gain acceptance into the school of their choice. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are also often
required. To become a naturopathic doctor, you must first complete a bachelor's degree with coursework in the major sciences,
psychology and humanities.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a bachelor's or doctorate degree in alternative medicine include:
- Massage Therapist
- Naturopathic Doctor
- Primary Care Physician
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a massage therapist was $42,820 in 2019 while a Chiropractor
made $70,340 in 2019.
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and what industry the job is in. Those working for non-profits can expect a lower salary than those working
for prestigious institutions or large corporations.
- Bureau of Labor
Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Chiropractors,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/chiropractors.htm (visited April 22, 2020).