Acupuncture: A Path for Healthcare Practitioners Wishing to Change Careers

Healthcare is a booming industry, and demand is growing as people are living longer. However, many healthcare practitioners are feeling major burnout and wishing to change their career paths.

If you love healthcare but are tired of the traditional setting, it may be time to consider a transition into holistic healthcare.

Doctors and nurses are learning to practice acupuncture, because they want to do something different. Acupuncture empowers healthcare workers to stay in the field that they love and help patients in ways that are often not possible in their current careers.

Change of Career with Fast Track Acupuncture

A fast-track acupuncture degree is available to healthcare practitioners who have a Master’s degree and want to expand their skillset or change careers. The program requires students to attend four-day weekend sessions, along with assignments, to learn:

  • CF-EA fundamentals
  • Acupuncture points
  • Diagnostic skills
  • Anatomical palpation
  • Sensory discernment
  • Much more

Over the course of 26 weeks, students will change careers. Clinical content includes supervised treatment for a period of seven months.

Why Healthcare Practitioners Transition to Acupuncture

In the last 10 years, demand for alternative or holistic healthcare has risen every year. The industry is highly sought after by Americans who want to have a way to augment the traditional care that they receive.

In recent surveys, 1-in-10 people have tried acupuncture for pain relief, up from just 6.4% a decade ago.

Demand in the industry has been up 50%, according to the source above, in the last decade. On top of entering a career with high demand, you’ll find that most healthcare practitioners who change to a career in acupuncture report:

  • High job satisfaction rates. Many acupuncturists are happy in their new careers, which allows them to take a hands-on approach to helping their patients.
  • Lifelong learning as being something that they really enjoy. You’ll learn new techniques and advance in the industry each year. Continued education, seminars and conferences are great ways to network and stay up to date in the industry.

Often, you’ll work with patients who haven’t had success in treating pain that is greatly impacting their health and well-being. Helping clients find relief from pain that they’ve often been experiencing for years is rewarding in ways that many healthcare professionals haven’t experienced before.

Signs That You May Be a Good Fit for a Career in Acupuncture

If you’re considering a career change to acupuncture, the following signs may help you understand if this is a good fit for you or not:

  • You enjoy the option of helping patients, often those that have tried everything to find relief.
  • You want to have deeper relationships with patients and understand the best way to help them.
  • Your current career is not as rewarding as it once was, or you simply need a change of pace.
  • You want to take advantage of a promising time in healthcare or simply enhance your skillset outside of traditional medicine.

Healthcare is an in-demand field that is extremely rewarding and offers job security. However, if you’re burned out or need a change of career, acupuncture offers many of these perks in a holistic setting that is often more rewarding.

This article was written by an independent researcher. On matters of acupuncture, this article may not accurately represent the teachings of ITEA.

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