Harness the power of nature for healing and promote health and wellbeing by studying a natural therapy course.
What do natural therapy graduates do?
Natural therapy course graduates usually work as naturopaths, consulting to clients in private settings in private practice or the home.
A consultation with a client usually takes about an hour, and may include an interview to understand the client’s condition, medical history, diet and lifestyle; performing diagnostic checks like testing the client’s irises, tongue and nails; taking samples to send for pathology testings; and the development of a treatment plan in consultation with the patient. The treatment plan may include advice on lifestyle, exercise, diet, and natural therapies to take, including homeopathic treatments and herbal medicine.
In addition to consulting with clients, a naturopath may administer therapies, such as:
- Ozone therapy
- Colon hydrotherapy
In line with the discipline’s focus on client-centred care, the naturopath may also take on a coaching role with clients – supporting them to act in a key role in guiding their health and lifestyle. If you’re passionate about supporting people to succeed, studying a naturopathy course may be the best first step for your career.
Graduates of natural therapy courses usually pursue employment in private practice, salon or spa settings, or work independently, and may work as a:
- Holistic Wellness Coach
- Allied Health Assistant
- Community Wellness Officer
- Natural Therapist
- Retail Sales Supervisor
- Health and Wellbeing Consultant
- Allied Health Worker
- Health Officer
- Western Herbal Medicine Practitioner
- Western Herbal Medicine Researcher
- Herbal Medicine Manufacturer
- Health Researcher
- Nutrition Advisor
- Product Developer
- Nutrition Counsellor
- Nutrition Assistant
- Non-clinical Nutrition Advisor
- Herbal Medicine Practitioner
- Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner
- Massage Therapist
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You’ll enjoy studying natural therapy 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 creative
- Have excellent organisational and time management skills
- Like helping people
- Are interested in alternative approaches
- Enjoy detailed work
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook describes the natural therapy profession in Australia as a small but growing industry.
Currently employing approximately 9,400 people, the sector is predicted to expand rapidly over the next several years, to employ approximately 12,400 people by the end of 2020. Job Outlook notes that over 47 per cent of all natural therapy practitioners in Australia work in New South Wales, indicating expansion in the profession may be concentrated in New South Wales.
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 to manage their health.
A naturopath in Australia can expect to earn between $44,000 and $88,000 per year, with most earning around $52,000, according to PayScale.
An aromatherapist can expect to earn between $32,000 and $132,000 per year, with most earning around $62,000, according to Indeed.
PayScale reports that a massage therapist may expect to earn between $27,000 and $71,000 per year, with an annual average salary of approximately $54,000.