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    Chiropractic: The Bottom Line

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    At a former chiropractor with over 7 years clinical experience I can unequivocally say that the profession is dead.

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    Citing ChiroTalk is just sad.

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    Career Opportunities

    Income comparison:
    Average national average for a DC in the US is $68,000
    Average national Average for a MD in the US is $120,000
    Hence almost double what a DC makes......if you are contemplating based on income.....
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    which means the DC potential of making over 100K is there, but not typical.
    ask yourself what you want to do in your future, seeing back & neck pain all the time ? typically MSK is what DC treat...

    If you want to have a full scope consider MD program.
    ultimately it is what you love or where your passion is......I know many DCs that love what they do, and will never switch, and I also know many that wished they went to medical school in the first place, instead of going to a 4 year DC program.

    Good luck !

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    I agree with everything that UHSADOC said, with one caveat. The $68,000 average salary is a little skewed. DCs who own their practices do fairly well financially. DCs who associate (work for another DC) make between $35 and $40K. This throws off the numbers. I would NOT recommend being an associate. Most of the DCs who hire a bunch of associates are the type who give the profession a bad name. I started my own practice with very little money, and a wife who is very good at accounting. It's not that hard to do. Stick with treating musculoskeletal conditions, read a journal article everyday and stay away from any junk science that sounds like it's more marketing than fact, and chiropractic is a very rewarding career.
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    i agree as well

    that the numbers UHSADOC has presented can be a bit misleading for specific providers, but his general purpose is right on. that is, in most cases, the avg family md will make (or should make) at least twice as much as the avg chiro. not that he cared to go into the reasons for this, and there are plenty, it is important to note the difference in income. times that difference by 20 or 25 years of practice and you will get a pile of muh-lah. avg fam doc in my little town is making 250 to 300k per year; working their butte$ off (5 days a week plus saturdays, and one even goes to the nursing homes at 4 am) b/c they have built in this high level of debt to pay off (one is going through multiple real estate foreclosures of his beach condos). but with some brains and hard work, the financial rewards for family mds is still there (better have an understanding spouse though, b/c with the after hour calls life is no vacation for the family md).

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    Better have an understanding wife is right! That was one of my considerations when I chose chiropractic school instead of med school. I was working for a major medical school in the northeast at the time, and was preparing to take the MCAT. More than one of the residents in my department told me not to do it. Several had gotten divorced since beginning their residencies. Those hours can put significant strain on relationships. It's just one more thing to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvidenceBasedDC View Post
    Better have an understanding wife is right! That was one of my considerations when I chose chiropractic school instead of med school. I was working for a major medical school in the northeast at the time, and was preparing to take the MCAT. More than one of the residents in my department told me not to do it. Several had gotten divorced since beginning their residencies. Those hours can put significant strain on relationships. It's just one more thing to consider.
    Looks like you and I have a lot in common. The only difference is that I was a clinical psychology student and actually spent time in grad school for it. When I started grad school, all of my professors were no longer full time university staff. Instead they were therapists that had their own practices and taught on the side. Everyone had the same story. They worked 6 days a week, 12 hours a day, and could barely make more than $60,000 a year. Oh and clinical psychology appears to be a dying field.

    I really had to think about if it was worth the stress on myself, as well as for my significant other. In the end, i dropped out and went with a career where the average work week is 40 hours, the pay is better, and I won't drop dead from stress at the age of 60.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UHSADOC View Post
    Income comparison:
    Average national average for a DC in the US is $68,000
    must be a newbie or not very skilled
    Average national Average for a MD in the US is $120,000
    I would say the average chiro makes far more than this, especially when you gross up their income. I worked in Europe for 10 years and 120k Euro or pound would be a very mediocre wage for a chiro
    Hence almost double what a DC makes......if you are contemplating based on income.....
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    which means the DC potential of making over 100K is there, but not typical.
    Again Europe and Canada there is very good potential of making far more than a 100k
    ask yourself what you want to do in your future, seeing back & neck pain all the time ? typically MSK is what DC treat...
    This is very much agreed and probably the number one reason a chiro would or should consider the MD path. boredom after many years of back and neck pain has made me take the plunge. It has served me well over the years, being one of the best treatments for MSK problems

    I must say we are well trained and know our stuff when it does come to neck and backs, most MD's other than our ortho friends have no clue

    If you want to have a full scope consider MD program.
    ultimately it is what you love or where your passion is......I know many DCs that love what they do, and will never switch, and I also know many that wished they went to medical school in the first place, instead of going to a 4 year DC program.

    Good luck !
    Agreed, most of my DC colleagues are very content with being a chiro, having a great standard of life, low stress with great hours and would never have considered medical school as an option

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    I don't really understand why DC's salary is less than $70,000 whereas geriatric Nurses easily make between $80,00 to $90,000 with an average work week of 40-48 hours or so.

    Good luck to DC students

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    ask yourself what you want to do in your future, seeing back & neck pain all the time ? typically MSK is what DC treat...
    That might be the case but isn't that really true of any health care field? If you are a dentist, you will spend most of your days filling cavities and cleaning people's teeth. If you are an optometrist, you will spend a great deal of time prescribing glasses. If you are a therapist, 90% of your clients will be seeing you for depression and anxiety. And even medicine has those problems. From what I hear, if you become an MD, much of your day will be spent treating ear infections, high blood pressure, and a few other conditions.

    I can't think of any health care field that is immune from becoming highly repetitive.

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