The notion of Naturopathy is to treat the underlying causes of illnesses and diseases through the implementation of natural treatments – healing through nature.
Naturopathy courses can help you take your fascination of natural medicine, and turn it into helping people become the healthiest version of themselves.
Naturopathy courses generally delve into a variety of topics, including nutrition, herbal medicine, botany and manufacturing, Iridology, biomedical science, the philosophy of naturopathy, client counselling, and communication skills for dealing with clients.
What do naturopathy graduates do?
Naturopathy graduates usually work as naturopaths, consulting to clients in private settings. 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 naturopathy courses usually pursue employment in private practises or in a freelance environment, and may work as a:
- Health Researcher
- Health Educator
- Product Developer
- Practitioner Consultant
- Holistic Wellness Coach
- Western Herbal Medicine Practitioner
- Western Herbal Medicine Researcher
- Herbal Medicine Manufacturer
- Nutrition Advisor
- Nutrition Counsellor
- Nutrition Assistant
- Natural Therapist
- Non-clinical Nutrition Advisor
- Herbal Medicine Practitioner
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You’ll enjoy studying naturopathy 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
While the naturopathy industry is relatively small in Australia, with approximately 9,400 people employed as naturopaths, the Australian Government’s Job Outlook predicts strong growth in employment in the next five years. After experiencing moderate growth over the last decade, the profession has expanded rapidly in the last two years, and Job Outlook predicts that rate will continue. More naturopaths are employed in part-time and casual roles than in full-time roles; however, the diversity of industries graduates of naturopathy courses may work in may mean graduates are working in other fields.
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. Entry-level naturopaths will enjoy a competitive salary, with PayScale reporting the greatest increase in earning capacity comes when a practitioner has more than 20 years’ experience. According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook, most naturopaths are employed in part-time and casual capacities.
- Australian Natural Therapists Association
- Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association
- Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists
- Australian Traditional Medicine Society
- Complementary Medicine Association
- National Herbalists Association of Australia