- Holistic Wellness Coach
- Complementary Medicine Therapist
- Lifestyle Coach
Bring ancient Chinese medicine techniques into the 21st century and offer alternative wellbeing help to people by studying an acupuncture course.
What do acupuncture graduates do?
Acupuncture graduates usually work as acupuncturists, consulting to clients in private settings, clinics or hospitals. A consultation with a client usually takes about between 30 minutes and an hour, and may include an interview to understand the client’s condition and to discuss treatment options; the insertion of needles into the client’s body to treat pain and injury; and the maintenance of client records. As an acupuncturist, you’ll be responsible for ensuring your practice complies with relevant occupational health and safety standards, and that records and progress for your clients are managed appropriately.
Depending on the nature of your qualification, you may also be qualified to give clients advice on herbal medicines, nutrition and lifestyle. If you choose to undertake your acupuncture study as a specialisation in a broader Chinese medicine degree, you’ll be able to assist patients with the use of Chinese herbal medicines, massage techniques, nutrition and lifestyle advice, and suggest other natural therapies and interventions to complement your acupuncture practice.
Graduates of acupuncture courses usually pursue employment in private practices, although as the profession becomes more widely known, you may also find roles available for acupuncture graduates in contemporary medical and hospital settings. After completing an acupuncture course, you’ll likely seek work as a:
You’ll find acupuncture enjoyable and rewarding if you:
- Are passionate about health and wellbeing
- Enjoy working with people
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Can take initiative and work independently
- Are interested in alternative approaches
- Are open-minded
- Are a creative thinker
- Can pay attention to detail
Acupuncture is a small industry in Australia, with fewer than 10,000 people employed. The Australian Government’s Job Outlook notes that job opportunities across a range of allied health and complementary medicine roles has increased steadily over the past decade, and predicts that opportunities will continue to expand until at least 2020.
An acupuncturist in Australia can expect to earn between $29,000 and $86,000 per year, with most earning around $49,000, according to PayScale. Experience has a significant impact on an acupuncturist’s earning capacity, with PayScale reporting a spike in salaries for people beyond the middle of their careers. An acupuncturist with 10 years’ experience can expect to earn on average $59,000 per year, while an acupuncturist with 20 years’ experience can expect to earn on average $71,000 per year, according to PayScale.
- Allied Health Professionals Australia
- Australian Natural Therapists Association
- Australian Traditional Medicine Society
- Complementary Medicine Association