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Acupuncturists
District Of Columbia

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Provide treatment of symptoms and disorders using needles and small electrical currents. May provide massage treatment. May also provide preventive treatments.

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Currently Employed: 600

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $39.59 - $63.46

Typical Annual Salary: $82,400 - $132,000

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Master's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Insert needles to provide acupuncture treatment.
  • Maintain and follow standard quality, safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to local, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes.
  • Identify correct anatomical and proportional point locations based on patients' anatomy and positions, contraindications, and precautions related to treatments such as intradermal needles, moxibution, electricity, guasha, and bleeding.
  • Maintain detailed and complete records of health care plans and prognoses.
  • Analyze physical findings and medical histories to make diagnoses according to Oriental medicine traditions.
  • Treat patients using tools such as needles, cups, ear balls, seeds, pellets, and nutritional supplements.
  • Develop individual treatment plans and strategies.
  • Evaluate treatment outcomes and recommend new or altered treatments as necessary to further promote, restore, or maintain health.
  • Collect medical histories and general health and life style information from patients.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats
  • Hypodermic needle
  • Medical heat lamps or accessories
  • Neuromuscular stimulators or kits
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling units or systems

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