Careers in Oriental Medicine

By: CarolAnn Bailey-Lloyd

Today's careers in Oriental medicine are founded on the rich traditions, philosophies, and practices of ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Candidates interested in pursuing these alternative medicine professions find that there are a variety of occupational paths from which to choose. Whether individuals want to become Tuina therapists, Oriental medicine practitioners, or licensed acupuncturists (among others), modern careers in Oriental medicine and acupuncture offer individuals a unique professional future in holistic health and healing.

Educational Pathways and Oriental Medicine Career Outlook

When you're ready to get a jumpstart on any one of the fast-growing careers in , you should determine which course of study is going to meet your professional aspirations. If Asian body work interests you, you can apply to a number of Tuina, acupressure/Shiatsu, or Meridian therapy programs. Tuina is a hands-on program often comprised of 300+ practical training hours. In addition to learning the philosophies of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), students get practical training in Tuina (Eastern massage) Tai Chi, and more.

To earn one of the like professional acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners, it is essential to acquire an in-depth education at an acupuncture college or school. In addition to academic prerequisites, students must dedicate three to four years to rigorous studies in acupuncture, biosciences, TCM philosophies and history, Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, Qigong, Tai Chi, Chinese medical language, and advanced needling techniques, among other related coursework.

Currently, 40 States and the District of Columbia adhere to educational guidelines as prescribed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) examination (for advanced careers in Oriental medicine).

Those who have successfully completed all training and educational requirements to attain licensure and/or certification to become Oriental medicine practitioners and/or doctors can go onto achieving personally and professionally rewarding healthcare occupations. Individuals, who have developed their careers in Oriental medicine, can earn $70+ per session.

If you (or someone you know) are interested in learning more about these or other alternative medicine occupations, let professional training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore near you.

*Source - BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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