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Naturopathic Physicians
District Of Columbia

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Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals. May use physiological, psychological or mechanical methods. May also use natural medicines, prescription or legend drugs, foods, herbs, or other natural remedies.

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Currently Employed: 894

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $38.71 - $59.50

Typical Annual Salary: $80,500 - $123,800

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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

  • Interview patients to document symptoms and health histories.
  • Document patients' histories, including identifying data, chief complaints, illnesses, previous medical or family histories, or psychosocial characteristics.
  • Administer, dispense, or prescribe natural medicines such as food or botanical extracts, herbs, dietary supplements, vitamins, nutraceuticals, and amino acids.
  • Advise patients about therapeutic exercise and nutritional medicine regimens.
  • Conduct physical examinations and physiological function tests for diagnostic purposes.
  • Diagnose health conditions based on patients' symptoms and health histories, laboratory and diagnostic radiology test results, or other physiological measurements, such as electrocardiograms and electroencephalographs.
  • Educate patients about health care management.
  • Administer treatments or therapies, such as homeopathy, hydrotherapy, Oriental or Ayurvedic medicine, electrotherapy and diathermy, using physical agents including air, heat, cold, water, sound, or ultraviolet light to catalyze the body to heal itself.
  • Maintain professional development through activities such as post-graduate education, continuing education, preceptorships, and residency programs.
  • Consult with other health professionals to provide optimal patient care, referring patients to traditional health care professionals as necessary.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Electrotherapy combination units
  • Galvanic or faradic stimulators
  • Microcentrifuges
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Label making software
  • Medical software
  • Spreadsheet software

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