- Alternative Medicine Therapist
- Nutrition Advisor
- Herbal Medicine Practitioner
- Lifestyle Coach
Harness the healing power of plants and build a rewarding career in the emerging wellness sector by studying an aromatherapy course.
What do aromatherapy graduates do?
Aromatherapy course graduates usually work as aromatherapists, consulting to clients in private practices, clinics or in the home environment. A consultation with a client usually takes about between 30 minutes and an hour, and may include activities like:
- Interviewing clients to understand and investigate conditions and to discuss and plan treatment options;
- Designing and preparing treatments plans, including recommending essential oils and other complementary techniques;
- Sourcing, mixing and applying essential oils to relieve symptoms;
- Organising and administering techniques including massage, acupuncture, prayer, chanting and Chinese medicine; and
- Maintaining clients records and updating care plans.
Depending on the nature of your qualification, you may also be qualified to give clients advice on herbal medicines, nutrition and lifestyle. You may also 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 aromatherapy practise.
After completing an aromatherapy course, you may also be qualified to seek employment as a:
- Nutrition Advisor
You’ll enjoy studying aromatherapy 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
- Enjoy experimenting
- Enjoy detailed work
While the aromatherapy profession in Australia is small, employing fewer than 10,000 people, the Australian Government’s Job Outlook notes a generally positive trend in job opportunities across a range of allied and complementary health roles. Job Outlook predicts roles in the massage, naturopathy and acupuncture sectors will expand in the next decade, which indicates future growth in opportunities for aromatherapists in Australia is likely.
Market research company IBISWorld states that Australia’s alternative medicine industry is now worth $4 billion annually – part of an estimated $88.5 billion dollar industry that represents a paradigm shift in medicine occurring across the Western world, according to the firm. IBISWorld also states that approximately two-thirds of Australians now use complementary medicines, including aromatherapy techniques, to manage their health.
An aromatherapist can expect to earn between $32,000 and $132,000 per year, with most earning around $62,000, according to Indeed. While the aromatherapy industry in Australia is still emerging, aromatherapy course graduates may also enjoy working in other roles in the natural therapy and alternative wellness sectors, which will affect earning capacity and future job prospects.