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    Chiropractic Named One of the Most Underrated Careers in the U.S.

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    There is a lot of talk on message boards like this about how chiropractic is dead end road, where you will beaten down, disrespected, and end up in the poor house. At least one outside group begs to differ. With an average income of $70,000 a year and an employment rate of just 2.3% (current national employment rate is 9.1%) chiropractic comes in at #12 on a list of the most underrated careers in the U.S..

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    Chiropractic ???

    This study doesn't take into account the DCs that dropped out of the profession (like me.) which is a very high percentage......I can state that from my graduating class only 20 are currently practicing....the rest pursued other careers, or returned to their pre-chiropractic positions. (Teaching, Accounting, Investment banking...etc..)


    Quote Originally Posted by AgActual View Post
    There is a lot of talk on message boards like this about how chiropractic is dead end road, where you will beaten down, disrespected, and end up in the poor house. At least one outside group begs to differ. With an average income of $70,000 a year and an employment rate of just 2.3% (current national employment rate is 9.1%) chiropractic comes in at #12 on a list of the most underrated careers in the U.S..

    Most Underrated Jobs of 2011 | CareerCast.com

    Most Underrated Jobs of 2011 - 12: Chiropractor | CareerCast.com

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    Hey NUHS-AUC, how many graduated in your class?

    Also, How do you know that it doesn't include people in your category? I didn't see any links to data on the site.

    Thanks
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    INCOME can consist of different elements. a 70k income is not too bad for average but you should not overlook retirement contributions as well as other impt. factors. and it should be a rare case for someone to agree to work for income only and not include retirement contributions. for comparison, alabama has a minimum salary for teachers. less than 3 yrs with a masters degree you get paid 41,500. add in a 20k value for retirement contribution and you are at 61,500. very low health insurance "value" of 10k per year and your little teacher is making money plus value of 70k. no one can place a value on having summers off.

    as far as MDs go, i talked with one yesterday who candidly said she wished she had gone to work for the federal govt b/c she is having to fight for every nickel she gets from the insurance companies. LOL i know all about it; thanks blue cross.

    so when you go to talking about money and income, just remember there is more to it than just income.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUHS-AUC View Post
    This study doesn't take into account the DCs that dropped out of the profession (like me.) which is a very high percentage......I can state that from my graduating class only 20 are currently practicing....the rest pursued other careers, or returned to their pre-chiropractic positions. (Teaching, Accounting, Investment banking...etc..)
    Sounds like a rare exception. I remember last year reading that well over 90% of people with their DC practice as a chiropractor. Being a chiropractor is their career. Some move on to other things but most don't. I know the people over at chirotalk have been attacked for spreading around their "study" which found that 50% of DC's drop out of the field with in 5 years. That number has said to be wildly inaccurate and people have posted evidence on that board to show that isn't the case.

    If i can find the source, I will post it but I have never head of 80% of people dropping out of the field after only a few years .


    so when you go to talking about money and income, just remember there is more to it than just income.
    True but this website that listed chiropractic as an underrated career said they took a look at many factors, not just average income and unemployment rate. I would imagine they would take something like not having health insurance or retiring in poverty into account, if such factors were common. I don't know what their criteria was but that would be a huge oversight if those things were common problems.
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    Apologies, I would like to add, that I am proud of my education at NUHS, I do believe the chiropractic profession IS MOVING Forward, and with progressive schools like NUHS and WESTERN STATES, you will soon see scope expansion, while "Straight DC" Schools, will atrophy.


    Quote Originally Posted by Forsaken38 View Post
    Hey NUHS-AUC, how many graduated in your class?

    Also, How do you know that it doesn't include people in your category? I didn't see any links to data on the site.

    Thanks

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    So how many were in your class?


    Quote Originally Posted by NUHS-AUC View Post
    Apologies, I would like to add, that I am proud of my education at NUHS, I do believe the chiropractic profession IS MOVING Forward, and with progressive schools like NUHS and WESTERN STATES, you will soon see scope expansion, while "Straight DC" Schools, will atrophy.

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    Chiropractic future ???

    about 55-60 DCs

    Quote Originally Posted by Forsaken38 View Post
    So how many were in your class?

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    True but this website that listed chiropractic as an underrated career said they took a look at many factors, not just average income and unemployment rate. I would imagine they would take something like not having health insurance or retiring in poverty into account, if such factors were common. I don't know what their criteria was but that would be a huge oversight if those things were common problems.[/QUOTE]

    yes; but when talking numbers you need to have a good grasp of what your chosen industry will give you in exchange for your education and work. i was equating the numbers for the avg. chiro in the study to the avg. teacher in alabama with less than 3 yrs experience (the teacher pay jumps up after that to a base of $45,700 for yrs 3-5). so you should sort of ponder if you became a DC what should your pay be? that is left to each person. for me i would place a 200k a yr collection minimum inorder for me to stay in chiro. after OH, taxes, retirement contribution you are left with a good professional salary. but lets not forget the quality of life issue. i have had a pretty good QOL in my practice as has most solo DCs. after all, i am the boss. now go and ask the avg teacher how their quality of life is at work.... so money isn't everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUHS-AUC View Post
    This study doesn't take into account the DCs that dropped out of the profession (like me.) which is a very high percentage......I can state that from my graduating class only 20 are currently practicing....the rest pursued other careers, or returned to their pre-chiropractic positions. (Teaching, Accounting, Investment banking...etc..)
    Sorry, looks like you dropped out right after graduation and never gave it a chance. From my graduating class which was long before you, most of us are kicking around

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