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SOC Code: 29-1011.00

Assess, treat, and care for patients by manipulation of spine and musculoskeletal system. May provide spinal adjustment or address sacral or pelvic misalignment.

Sample of reported job titles: Associate Doctor; Chiropractic Care; Chiropractic Doctor (DC); Chiropractic Neurologist; Chiropractic Physician; Chiropractor; Chiropractor, Sole Practitioner; Doctor of Chiropractic; Doctorate of Chiropractic; Physician


  • 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.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Billing software; EZClaim
  • Calendar and scheduling software - Scheduling software
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - InPhase Technologies Group InPhase Concept
  • Medical software - Advantage Software Chiropractic Advantage; ChiroSoft; Trillium Technology ProScribe; Versatile Software Systems VersaSoft Chiro (see all 27 examples)
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Back or lumbar or sacral orthopedic softgoods - Lumbar support braces
  • Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy - Balance boards
  • Blood pressure cuff kits - Blood pressure cuffs
  • Calipers - Measurement calipers
  • Cervical collars or neck braces - Cervical collars
  • Climbing devices for rehabilitation or therapy - Stair climbers
  • Cognitive or dexterity or perceptual or sensory evaluation or testing products - Functional capacity evaluation FCE systems
  • Continuous passive motion CPM devices or accessories - Continuous passive motion CPM machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Dynamometers - Hand dynamometers
  • Electric vibrators for rehabilitation or therapy - Massage units; Vibratory therapy equipment
  • Electromyography EMG units or accessories - Biofeedback equipment; Electromyographs EMG
  • Electronic medical thermometers - Electronic patient thermometers
  • Electrotherapy combination units - Electrical stimulation equipment
  • Extremity hydrotherapy baths or tanks - Fluidotherapy equipment
  • Eye charts or vision cards - Snellen eye charts
  • Goniometers
  • Hand or finger traction supplies - Carpal traction systems
  • Head or neck traction supplies - Cervical restoration traction systems; Cervical traction devices; Overdoor cervical traction devices
  • Infrared lamps - Infrared baker lamps
  • Lasers - Low-level laser units
  • Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy - Adjustment tables; Cervical chairs; Pelvic benches; Traction tables (see all 7 examples)
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory - Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical diagnostic pinwheels - Pinwheels
  • Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors - X ray development equipment
  • Medical tuning forks
  • Medical x ray apparatus filters - Medical x ray filters
  • Medical x ray buckys
  • Medical x ray film or cassette - X ray cassettes
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use - Medical x ray units
  • Nasopharyngoscopes or accessories - Rhinoscopes
  • Neuromuscular stimulators or kits - Muscle stimulators
  • Notebook computers
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets - Ophthalmoscopes; Otoscopes
  • Orthotics or foot care products - Foot orthotics
  • Pedal exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy - Elliptical trainers; Stationary bicycles
  • Pelvis or back traction supplies - Lumbar traction systems; Pelvic traction equipment; Spinal unloading therapy systems
  • Physiological recorders - Discriminators; Inclinometers
  • Piezo electric crystals - Piezo stimulators
  • Plumb bobs - Plumb lines
  • Pressure indicators - Hydraulic pinch gauges
  • Protractors - Arthrodial protractors
  • Reflex hammers or mallets - Babinski percussion hammers; Reflex hammers
  • Resistive exercise bands or putty or tubing or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy - Resistive exercise bands
  • Short wave diathermy units - Short wave diathermy devices
  • Tablet computers
  • Therapeutic balls or accessories - Therapeutic balls
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs - Therapeutic hot packs
  • Therapeutic ice packs or pillows - Therapeutic ice packs
  • Therapeutic paraffin baths or accessories - Paraffin baths
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units - Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy - Therapeutic treadmill exercisers
  • Ultrasonic therapy apparatus or supplies - Ultrasound machines
  • Weight machines for rehabilitation or therapy - Upper extremity testing/strengthening systems
  • Weights or sets or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy - Free weights
  • X ray diffraction equipment - X ray collimators


  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.


  • Interest code: SIR
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Contact With Others - 100% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 98% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 96% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 98% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 96% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Physical Proximity - 92% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Telephone - 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 80% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 73% responded “Very important results.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 59% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 71% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Letters and Memos - 39% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 65% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 44% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 39% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Consequence of Error - 48% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 46% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Time Pressure - 51% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 61% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 34% responded “Limited responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 37% responded “About half the time.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 36% responded “Important.”
  • Level of Competition - 35% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 33% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 34% responded “40 hours.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 31% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
82%Doctoral degree
8%Professional degree
7%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $33.00 hourly, $68,640 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 47,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,800

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