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Career Satisfaction of Naturopathic Doctors
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Career Satisfaction of Naturopathic Doctors

Will I be happy with this choice long-term?

If no one in your family has asked the question aloud, perhaps it's one you're asking yourself Is this profession viable? Income notwithstanding, career satisfaction is the best way to answer that question. An overwhelming 98% of our respondents reported satisfaction with their naturopathic medical career (Figure 2)4 an almost unprecedented satisfaction rate in any chosen field!

graph - naturopathic doctor job satisfaction rate

Not surprisingly, 78% of the doctors surveyed said that they are not only satisfied with their work, but that they actually love their work! And as with income satisfaction, ND job satisfaction also increases with experience and years in practice.4

Only 1.7% of all ND respondents indicated that they were dissatisfied with being naturopathic physicians.4 Compare that response to a recent Harvard study of over 12,000 MDs, 18% of whom said they are dissatisfied with their careers.5

"I think one of the great strengths of natural medicine is our ability to understand why people are sick and deal with the underlying cause of their illness. More and more, conventional medical doctors are getting frustrated with drugs, because, by far, the majority of drugs only relieve the symptoms they don't deal with the underlying cause of why that person is sick."

Joseph Pizzorno, ND
Co-founder and founding president of Bastyr University
Renowned author
Presidential advisor

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4. "Survey of Naturopathic Physicians," AANMC, (Summer 2004).

5. Landon, Bruce, et al., "Wide Variation in Physician Career Satisfaction Seen Across Local Markets, Nearly 18 Percent of Physicians Dissatisfied With Career: Physician Autonomy More Important Than Income in Influencing Changes in Physician Satisfaction," Harvard Medical School and the Center for Studying Health System Change, (January 22, 2003).

Last Modification: 09-13-2011
AANMC surveyed 583 naturopathic doctors (NDs)