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Licensed Acupuncturist Career Profile— Female, age 32 (ID #1278)

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1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a Licensed Acupuncturist do?

  What field is your job in?

Alternative/Complementary Health Care

  What is your job title?

Licensed Acupuncturist

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

I am both self employed and a contract employee at a chiropractor's office. In my private practice, I am the only employee. The chiropractor's office has 3 chiropractors, an office manager, 4 massage therapists.

  How long have you been employed in this position?

Self employed for 3 years, contract employee for 1 year.

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

30-40

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

Initial patient intake (health history), develop treatment plan, treat patient with acupuncture. Return phone calls, order supplies, bookkeeping, laundry.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

$29,000

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

50000

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

self employed - I run my business as I see fit, set my own schedule. No medical/dental coverage.

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

I set my own fees, so I am pretty well compensated.

2. Work environment!

  Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain

I work with my patients on a daily basis. When I am at the chiropractor's office, I interact with the office manager, chiropractors, and massage therapists. I enjoy the interaction. I don't have to answer to anyone other than my patients and myself which I like.

  Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

No

  Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

No

  Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it

My private practice in the same office as a massage therapist. It is open, spacious, and calming. It's a great environment. The chiropractor's office is also nice, but a little more medical in nature. I enjoy that office for the people more than the building itself.

  Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.

  • 3 Income
  • 4 Work Environment - co-workers
  • 6 Work Environment - supervisors
  • 7 Benefits
  • 2 Hours
  • 5 Level of responsibility
  • 1 The actual "work" you do at your job
  • 8 Job Title

3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?

  If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?

Be prepared to be self employed. A lot of acupuncturists would rather have a job for someone with a salary and benefits, but it doesn't happen as often as most of us would like.

  What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)

A true love for acupuncture. During (and after) school, learn about running a business. When first starting out, patience is important.

  Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?

The minimum requirement currently is a Masters degree.

  What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?

Be patient. The practice will grow over time. Enjoy what you do and don't get discouraged.



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