Chiropractic Profession Has the Best Job Security
MarketWatch has placed the chiropractic profession at the top of its rankings in an article published March 20 titled “10 Professions with the Best Job Security.”
Chiropractic is a rewarding career choice that allows graduates to serve their communities and make a positive impact in people’s lives. Chiropractors take a natural, preventative approach to health care, without the invasive use of drugs or surgery, helping patients enjoy a greater potential for health and optimal human performance.
Fast Company, Forbes, Career Cast and other organizations repeatedly name chiropractic as a top job. Aside from the personal satisfaction of helping people, a chiropractic career is in demand; the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the employment of chiropractors is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022.
Because chiropractors emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyles, chiropractic care is appealing to many health-conscious Americans. Projected job growth for the chiropractic profession stems from increasing consumer demand for a more natural approach to health care.
Sherman College: A Leader in Chiropractic Education
Sherman College’s Doctor of Chiropractic program is unique in its approach to health care and known globally for producing doctors who are highly skilled in their delivery of chiropractic care. The college prepares students to become doctors of chiropractic who are compassionate, ethical and successful.
Sherman College offers a friendly environment, individual attention and mentoring, expert faculty, hands-on instruction and a balanced curriculum that offers the knowledge students need in basic science, chiropractic technique and philosophy, and practice management. Students in the final stage of the program complete a clinical internship coordinated by licensed doctors of chiropractic, which allows them to practice chiropractic under the close supervision and constant consultation of our faculty experts.
Methodology: In its study, MarketWatch considered unemployment rates among workers in 564 occupations provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Estimated employment growth between 2012 and 2022, median 2012 wages, labor force totals, and typical education requirements for each job also came from the BLS, according to the article.
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Unique Career Paths: Animal Chiropractor
Chiropractic has long been recognized for its capacity to help human bodies perform at their best. But over the last few decades, animal adjustment has also expanded in practice and appeal, offering new career paths to students currently enrolled in chiropractic training. Read on to learn more about the evolution of animal chiropractic, and how one Sherman graduate transformed her passion for horses into a thriving private practice.
History of Chiropractic Practice on Animals
Animal chiropractic originated around 1895, at about the same time human chiropractic was developed. The practice, however, did not gain wider appeal until 1985 when the late Sharon Willoughby, a veterinarian, and chiropractor, took the reins of an organization called Options for Animals, which provided instruction on how to adjust animals.
In 1986, Dr. Willoughby gave a short course on equine chiropractic (spinal adjustment for horses) in Arkansas. Following the workshop, participants – a mix of veterinarians and chiropractors – formed the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and chose Dr. Willoughby as their president.
The AVCA was among the very first to develop an educational curriculum around chiropractic theory and technique, build a link between chiropractic and veterinary practitioners and ultimately, apply chiropractic care to the quadruped.
Throughout the last decade, the public acceptance and demand for animal chiropractic care have grown, inspiring new graduates of chiropractic college to pursue this rewarding career path. One of those graduates is Natasha Jaskiewicz, D.C.
Natasha’s Success Story
Born in Singapore, Natasha Jaskiewicz moved with her family to Anacortes, WA in 1985 at the age of three. Natasha has always been an avid animal lover, and from a young age, she owned her own horses. She became involved with 4-H early on and began to train and show horses, especially hunter/jumpers.
Natasha graduated from the University of Findlay in Ohio with a degree in equine business management and soon began working as a freelance horse trainer, first in Washington and later in Texas. In Texas, Natasha encountered a Certified Animal Chiropractor who was also a D.C. and was truly amazed at the work she did with horses. After witnessing how applied animal chiropractic helped horses naturally, without drugs or surgery, Natasha was inspired to pursue a brand new career path.
Upon graduating from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2007 and obtaining national certification by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, Natasha established a mobile practice that specializes in animals. Now she travels throughout the Carolinas and across the globe, working not only with horse and rider teams but also with a variety of other animals including conformation and agility dogs that compete at international levels. Natasha is truly an inspiring example for anyone looking to combine a chiropractic education with a love of animals.
The Benefits of Animal Adjustment
Approaching chiropractic care for animals is (for obvious logistical reasons) quite different than with humans – but the rationale for doing so, and the benefits of chiropractic, are surprisingly similar for both. Vigorous activity, repetitive actions, or wear and tear due to aging are experienced by animals just as they are by humans. Consider the physical force required of racehorses, the shock absorbed by a dog’s body after a high leap, the effects of a lifetime of wearing collars or saddles…the list goes on. Regular chiropractic adjustment helps mitigate those daily stressors, keeping the spine aligned and the central nervous system functioning optimally – best practice for any living creature, two-legged or four.
What would inspire you to pursue a career in animal chiropractic?
Digital radiography refers to the process of capturing a radiographic image using a sensor, and then presenting (or storing) that image on a computer. The technology has come a long way from traditional x-ray with film and view boxes! Practitioners can zoom, rotate and control image density, and the results are available on-screen within seconds for chiropractors to analyze and then review with patients.
During the course of their chiropractic education, students have the opportunity to learn about and use digital x-ray technology – enhancing their ability to analyze results and develop individualized care plans.
To give prospective students a clearer idea of how the technology works, we’ve put together a simple introduction to the mechanics of digital x-ray with detailed examples of how it can benefit both chiropractors and their patients.
The Evolution of X-Ray
Conventional x-ray machines function similarly to cameras, but instead of light they use electromagnetic waves to develop an image on film. The waves pass through the body, are absorbed by bone, muscle, fat and other masses, and leave a visual imprint of these structures for practitioners to develop and analyze. Since its invention in 1895, the x-ray machine has played a vital role in health care.
In 1987, x-ray technology was elevated to a new level of efficiency when the first digital system was launched in Europe by a French company called Trophy Radiologie. Digital x-ray doesn’t need film at all. Instead, electronic sensors capture clear images of bones and tissue, and project those images directly onto a computer screen. Efficient and easy to share, digital results offer chiropractors a range of advantages over their analog predecessors.
How Digital X-Ray Benefits Chiropractors and their Patients
Digital radiography is quick and accurate, allowing chiropractors to accomplish more work with less time and expense. When they learn to use digital x-ray machines, chiropractic college interns will also discover that they can annotate the images, highlighting particular areas of misalignment (called vertebral subluxations) – an excellent way to share detailed results with patients and explain how plans of care will be carried out. Patients may take their digital x-ray results with them on CD or DVD, to review on their own or share with others. And while digital systems may have a higher initial investment at the beginning of your chiropractic career, with no need for film, development chemicals or file storage, they are cheaper to maintain in the long term and worth the investment. Some of the other practical benefits of digital radiography include:
Safety: digital systems expose patients to 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays
- Safety: digital systems expose patients to 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays
- Quality: chiropractors can manipulate results by enhancing cortical outlines, highlighting structures, changing the brightness, and magnifying the image
- Environmental Impact: by eliminating the use of water and chemicals necessary for film processing, digital x-ray systems are significantly more environmentally friendly as compared to traditional x-ray
- Portable: easy to transmit through email, digital x-ray results can be shared among health care professionals to better serve the patient
In what other ways do you think digital imaging would help improve patient care?
The Benefits and Advantages of Clinical Experience
Chiropractic means “done by hand,” so it’s little doubt that hands-on experience is an integral part of the training experience for students attending chiropractic college.
Students working toward their doctor of chiropractic will submerge themselves in the clinic during the final stages of their internship – gaining practical experience while providing a valuable service to the local community. Under the guidance of licensed practitioners, interns work with patients to develop customized plans of care.
Put Theory into Practice
During their training to become doctors of chiropractic, students develop a wide range of theoretical knowledge including basic science, body systems, chiropractic technique and case management. Upon entering the practical part of the program, students begin marrying fundamental concepts with hands-on experience. There is a solid body of research that demonstrates how “doing” cements understanding, helping to better absorb and apply what’s students have learned in class.
The chiropractic clinic is no different. Students exercise their knowledge using current analytical and adjusting equipment and the up-to-date research data. Practicing every aspect of patient care, interns interpret digital x-rays, analyze patient findings, and develop customized care plans. In particular, they get to observe first-hand the impact of an effective chiropractic adjustment on health.
Get Comfortable with Administrative Procedures
Part of preparing for a successful chiropractic career is becoming familiar with the protocols that help a practice run. In addition to applying theory and honing techniques, interns can use their clinical time to better understand administrative procedures. This includes booking appointments, managing files, types of software used, how to order and schedule digital x-rays, and how to process billing. Consulting with licensed mentors, students become comfortable practicing chiropractic in a professional setting.
Hone Effective Communication Skills
Effective communication is the foundation of every successful practice. To help patients achieve optimal health, doctors of chiropractic must be able to understand needs to develop a customized care plan. Essential interactions include recording thorough patient histories, conducting exams, and educating patients about the benefits of regular chiropractic care. At the college clinic, interns build communication skills needed to help grow and maintain a robust practice.
During an internship, chiropractic students have the opportunity to work with a variety of people, from athletes to young children. Working with diverse patients in a range of settings helps interns gain valuable experience and confidence. Some colleges host a community outreach program that connects students with events in their local communities, including health presentations, spinal screenings, and educational talks about the benefits of chiropractic.
What do you think would be the most exciting part of working with patients as a chiropractic intern?
POSITION STATEMENT: Sherman College of Chiropractic has announced its position defending the holistic origins of the chiropractic profession and recommending against any expansion of scope that would allow doctors of chiropractic prescriptive rights.
The college asserts that an expansion of practice scope to include the right to prescribe pharmaceuticals is a dangerous precedent for the chiropractic profession that would encroach on the practice of medicine.
“Chiropractic was founded to provide the public with a valuable, distinct service of enhancing life, health and human potential without duplicating any existing services,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. He added that Sherman College trains doctors of chiropractic to practice within a separate and distinct healing art with an objective that differs from that of medicine.
“Sherman College of Chiropractic strongly opposes the expansion of the scope of practice. The college remains steadfast in holding to the origins of chiropractic to improve and elevate the well-being of people through the correction of vertebral subluxations. It recognizes that the unique philosophy and art of chiropractic are scientifically grounded in their own right and require no expansion into the act of medical practice,” he continued.
The practice of medicine is an allopathic and therapeutic objective of diagnosing and treating symptomatology and disease. The objective of chiropractic is to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations (misalignments of the spine that are a detriment to one’s well-being).
Expansion of the scope of practice would not only be a departure from the reason the practice of chiropractic has been licensed as a separate healing art in the United States and internationally, but it would also infringe upon other practice acts, ultimately leading to chiropractic losing its unique service to the public, Cordero explained. This change, he said, would put the public at risk and would likely increase the number of licensure and malpractice complaints in the chiropractic profession.
Sherman College of Chiropractic holds the position that the practice of chiropractic remains a service separate and distinct from other healing arts. Its unique clinical objective is to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations. Building on this, Sherman College teaches courses to prepare its graduates to practice as portal-of-entry providers in all 50 states and around the world. Sherman College graduates are competent and trained to meet all requirements for licensure and safe application of the unique service of chiropractors.
Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, call 800-849-8771.
For more information, please contact:
Edwin Cordero, D.C.
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 227
Who can benefit from chiropractic? The answer is, everyone!
Chiropractic is an approach to holistic wellness that seeks to optimize the body’s natural capacity for healing.
Chiropractic education prepares graduates to identify and correct vertebral misalignments (called subluxations), which helps the brain better communicate key messages to the body’s nervous system. By ensuring communication routes are clear, patients’ bodies are better able to function well and heal more effectively. Students considering chiropractic careers can expect to work with patients of all ages, from young children to seniors, helping to facilitate optimal health and wellness.
When one considers the dramatic growth, development and transformation children undergo as they progress toward adulthood, it’s not surprising that more parents than ever are scheduling regular chiropractic check-ups for their kids.
Similar to how a dentist monitors teeth as they grow in, chiropractors suggest periodic spinal adjustments as a way to promote children’s overall health and vitality. By identifying and correcting misalignments that interfere with the nervous system, chiropractic encourages a strengthened immune system – a valuable benefit for young children who typically fall victim to routine infections, colds and flu. Graduates of chiropractic college who specialize in caring for babies and toddlers typically use a gentle approach, with only the amount of force one might apply to test a tomato for ripeness. Parents may bring infants in for their first assessment just days after birth. Children who integrate chiropractic into their health routine early on are well positioned to reap the benefits of care throughout the rest of their lives.
The nervous system of the average working adult undergoes an onslaught of stresses every day – including emotional, chemical and physical. Increasingly busy schedules often lead to anxiety, long hours spent hunched over a computer, poor diet and reduced sleep – all of which impair the body’s capacity to fend off illness and function at its best.
Regular chiropractic care can help the body work at its best, whether or not the adult is aware of any pain or dysfunction. Realigning the bones of the spine will help to ensure the nervous system works without interference, which in turn will benefit the entire body – an essential health care component for adults who wish to remain healthy and productive despite external stresses that will inevitably arise.
Just as children experience changes to their musculoskeletal and nervous systems as they achieve developmental milestones, seniors may also see dramatic differences in spine health and performance as they age. For seniors, the whole body benefits of chiropractic care can mean holding on to mobility and independence for longer. While not a cure for any specific disorder or disease, chiropractic care contributes to optimal spinal health and can open the door for seniors to an overall improved quality of life.
Preventative, restorative, holistic: chiropractic helps patients of all ages live life to the fullest!
What inspires you most about training for a career in chiropractic?
Agreements in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico
Bringing Sherman College to the World
Dr. Emma Grace Hernandez of UNIBE and Dr. Edwin Cordero sign a collaborative agreement.
Sherman College of Chiropractic is advancing its vision of bringing chiropractic to the world with admission and academic agreements in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. President Edwin Cordero, D.C., along with several board members and an administrative team, recently traveled to both areas to continue building relationships with partner institutions.
Universidad de Iberoamerica (UNIBE) in San José, Costa Rica, and Sherman College are developing an articulation agreement to be signed this spring at Lyceum. UNIBE President Dr. Emma Grace Hernandez and Provost/Vice-Chancellor for Global Strategies Dr. Roberto Rodriguez will be attending Lyceum, Sherman College’s annual homecoming and continuing education event, representing the institution.
During his visit to UNIBE in January, Dr. Cordero joined Dr. Hernandez to sign a cooperative agreement designed to enhance the academic and scientific interchange between the two colleges. Recognizing the importance of mutual collaboration and the contributions to society made by institutions of higher education, the colleges agreed to promote exchange between faculty and students of each institution as well as the exchange of academic and research information.
Cooperative agreements complement Sherman College’s strengths in the study of the science, philosophy, and art of chiropractic and offer a way for institutions to work together and learn from each other. “We look forward to the collaborative work ahead, as well as sharing chiropractic with colleagues across the globe,” Dr. Cordero said.
Sherman College also seeks to secure admission and transfer agreements that present an attractive option for students who hope to reach their career goals faster and enjoy a career that plays a significant role in health promotion, Dr. Cordero explained. “Sherman College is excited to welcome students who are looking to join a healthcare career that will allow them to bring principled chiropractic care to their communities and make a difference in the lives of others,” he said.
The mission of UNIBE, according to its website, is to train professionals in health sciences at the highest academic level, so that they have a humanistic vision, are internationally competitive and are committed to their communities. The institution’s vision is to be the leading university in Latin America for training professionals in health sciences.
(Seated l-r) Dr. Kim Stetzel, Trustee; Kristy Shepherd, Senior Director of Admission; Karen Canup, V.P. of Business & Finance; Roberta Thomas, Executive Administrative Asst.; Fr. Oscar Morales, O.P., Council of Founders Member; Mrs. Encarnita Catalán, President, Board of Trustees
(Standing l-r)Mr. Evaristo Santos, Board of Trustees Member; Dr. Luz C. Valentín, Dean of Academic Affairs; Mr. Noel Ortiz, Dean of Administration and Finance; Dr. Bob Irwin, V. P. of Academic Affairs; Dr. Neil Cohen, Executive Vice President; Dr. Lillian Negrón, President; Dr. Danny Knowles, Trustee; Dr. Edwin Cordero, President; Dr. Liam Schübel, Trustee; Dr. Peter Kevorkian, Trustee; Miguel Hastings, Director of Presidential Initiatives; Dr. Pedro Robles, College of Sciences and Professions of Health Director; Mr. Angel Valentín, STEM Project Director
Sherman College also maintains admission agreements with Universidad Central de Bayamón (UCB) and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico (PUCPR), and recently visited both institutions; those agreements were signed last year. Sherman College continually works to establish academic agreements and pre-chiropractic programs with institutions across the nation and around the world to promote its doctor of chiropractic program and enrich scholarship opportunities for faculty and students.
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Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242