Chiropractors have the most secure job in America

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If you're looking for job security, you might want to consider becoming a chiropractor.

Financial company 24/7 Wall Street analyzed the 2014 unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics for nearly 600 jobs. The study found chiropractic jobs were the most secure, with an unemployment rate of just .1 percent.

"I'm not surprised to see that number. It's something we've known for a long time," said Dr. Kevin Cunningham, vice chancellor for student affairs at Davenport's Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Cunningham says more and more people are looking for alternative healthcare, and Palmer students are reaping the benefits.

The job placement rate for graduates is roughly 95 percent.

"At any one time on our job board, we have somewhere between 1,200 and 1,300 jobs listed. We can't even fill all the positions that our alumni are looking for in our graduates," said Cunningham.

Each year, nearly half of Palmer's 700 graduates open their own practice. For this reason, many of the lessons revolve around business skills, as well as science and health.

Andrew White is a current student who hopes to own his own practice someday, too.

"When I would apply for a job when I was working undergrad, I always felt kind of nervous, like they were the asset and I was just hoping to get some of it. Now, I see myself as an asset," said White.

He feels confident he'll find a job in a couple years, regardless of whether he starts his own business or first works as an associate for another doctor.

"As long as you pay attention in class, and you're putting forth all the effort, you're going to be a great doc. You're going to get patients, because you're going to change lives," said White.

Several other jobs in the medical field made the list of most secure jobs, including dentist, physician assistant, surgeon and medical tech.

Farmers came in tenth with 1 percent unemployment.


  • Blake

    There is no way this is true. The class i graduated with has approximately 10 students who went back to med school. Which 10 out of 100 is 10%. Thats not counting the other dozens who no longer work as chiropractors which could be as high as 50%. I have a feeling that the American chiropractic association gave the Dept of Labor these statistics.
    For any potential chiropractic students out there, pleas dont fall for this intentionally misleading statistic. The best thing about the article is that it lists the wage at 66,000/ per year initial salary, which in reality is more like 30k. But lets just say you manage to make 66,000/ year but you now have $260,000 in debt. At that income you cannot even afford the interest payment.

    • joe

      Amen. There seems to be less chiropractic students because word is getting out that many chiropractors are going into other fields because there is less reimbursement. We have chiropractic offices that charge $50 for 5 treatments ! Unbelievable ! The massage therapists make more money!! Many chiropactors are realizing that without a strong lobby, like the pharmaceutical lobby, the public does not view chiropractors as effective and legitimate doctors. I remember when the osteopaths started prescribing meds in the mid 70’s. Now they are heads of hospital and university medical departments! Too many chiropractors treat chiropractic like a cult rather than a part of the healing arts.

  • Emily

    Publishing this as “news” is irresponsible, and it makes me so angry. Anyone who reads this article and believes without researching for themselves, is foolish. Being “employed” does not guarantee a livable income. I am a former Chiropractor who left the profession because I couldn’t make enough money to survive. I know plenty of my former classmates who are still “employed”, but living with parents or siblings because they don’t make enough to afford rent or their mortgage, especially considering the CRUSHING student loan debt that you leave school with. This is a recruitment ad for Palmer, masked as news. Don’t believe the hype.

    • Blake

      I think the comments made by “Dr” Cunningham are the most irresponsible. He knows the truth but still misleads the public about his statements. I would think he could be held liable for his statements. These stats are only based on chiropractic associations, which is the disgusting problem. I was duped, and I hope no other potential students are in the future, but I know they will be.

  • Joanne

    One shouldn’t take up Chiropractic as a profession because it’s listed here as #1, but because one LOVES to help and heal others! We graduated from Palmer in 2009 and our practice (that we built from the ground up) is flourishing! We have done it all on our own and our doors are bursting. Yes, it took some long hard work and faith but the benefits outweigh the work! Our student loan is doable based on an income-based repayment so don’t let student loan debt stop you from making the world a healthier place one day…:)

  • Del

    SPIN. That is what this article is. ANYTHING can be “spun” in a positive light! Unfortunately, the chiropractic profession has received a bad rap since it’s inception, and for various other reasons, the pay is usually very low, for people who have earned a doctoral degree! Because of articles like this, bright-eyed prospective students take out loans WAY beyond anything they can reasonably pay back, because they expect a decent wage once they graduate, but in reality, it is VERY difficult to make a good living as a chiropractor! For the amount of education they have, they are paid very little, unless maybe hey are running a “mill,” which they OWN. Associates get paid very little. The only reason they may have “job security” is because chiropractors are not able to get other jobs–their skills are pidgeon-holed, so finding another job is basically impossible. No other health professions will hire them, so what other jobs are they qualified for??! They are basically “forced” to stay in the profession due to no other choices! It is a shame and this kind of article is a disservice to anyone considering getting into the profession.

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