Chiropractors (NOC 3122)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

People in this occupational group:

  • diagnose, prevent and treat patients' neuromuscular-skeletal disorders of the spine and other body joints by adjusting the spinal column or through other corrective manipulation
  • are usually in private practice or in clinics with other health practitioners
Watch the video below to see what a day in the life of a chiropractor is like.
Common job titles
  • chiropractor / chiropractic doctor
  • DC (doctor of chiropractic)


Chiropractors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • record patient's case history and do examination
  • take X-rays and do other tests to diagnose patient's condition
  • identify neuromuscular-skeletal disorders of the spinal column, pelvis, extremities and associated tissues
  • treat health disorders in a natural manner through adjustments and other treatments such as electrotherapy, nutrition, light and massage with special attention given to the spine
  • advise patients on corrective exercises, posture, lifestyle and nutrition
  • refer patients for medical care when needed

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work generally takes place in a private practice.
  • Exposure to ionizing radiation such as X-rays and radioactive substances or non-ionizing radiation such as radio frequencies and infrared, ultraviolet or visible light that may pose health risks.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

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