f you’ve decided to pursue a career in health care, it’s clear that you value helping people achieve their best possible state of well-being. With so many options in the health care field, it can be tough to figure out which path is right for you.
For more than 40 years, Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco Bay Area has been instilling a set of values into students based upon chiropractic champion Dr. Sid Williams’ concept of Lasting Purpose. At Life West, future chiropractors are taught to give, do, love and serve out of one’s own abundance, reflecting the principles of Lasting Purpose every day.
Chiropractors provide care to patients by correcting misalignments in the spine, or vertebral subluxations, which cause interference in the body’s nervous system. Once subluxations are removed, a body is better able to operate at its optimal potential and natural healing can take place.
“Chiropractors fine-tune the body’s nervous system like a musical instrument,” said chiropractor and Life West recruiter David Scheiner, DC. “This allows for a full life and maximum expression.”
The ability to improve a patient’s quality of life with a single adjustment, let alone regular adjustments, is part of what makes chiropractic such a fascinating career. Many chiropractors attest to seeing immediate gains first-hand.
“I lived in a chiropractic office,” Life West Director of Alumni Relations Palmer Peet, DC, said. “Half the building was their office, and the other half was our home. Even as a kid, I would see people come into the office not well, and then I’d see them leave much healthier.”
Primed for growth
Chiropractors of the future are entering a landscape where they will fill needs in communities around the world. In North America, the number of people seeking chiropractic care is on the rise, and with that trend set to continue in the years ahead, patients will need practice-ready chiropractors to provide care.
Additionally, there are parts of the world where men, women and children do not have access to chiropractic care, but the interest in a natural approach to health care is evident. At Life West, students and faculty members may sign up for several service trips each year to countries such as India and Tonga, where they encounter sometimes thousands of patients in just one trip. Many of these cases may not be typical of what the students would see in their own environment. The chance to stretch their abilities while providing care is a valuable opportunity to grow while caring for under-served populations.
Chiropractors are also in a unique position to thrive financially. Given the unprecedented flow of patients, the chiropractic market size is expected to approach $18 billion by the year 2025. But that’s not the only reason why a chiropractic office can thrive.
“In practice, we have low overhead,” Dr. Peet said. “Many chiropractors take care of high volumes of patients. Financially, it can be quite rewarding to be a doctor of chiropractic.”
Bringing chiropractic to communities that have not had access to this type of natural health care also fills a need and allows our graduates to stand out.
So why is chiropractic one of the most rewarding in health care?
• A chance to help people feel better
• Opportunities to serve those who may not have access to natural health care
• A lucrative career option
• A field that is positioned to grow
If a career in chiropractic sounds appealing to you, come to a Life West Career Night. Career Nights offer opportunities to learn about chiropractic from local professionals and meet Life West admissions representatives who can tell you more about the doors a Life West education can open.
For more information, visit the Career Nights website or email the Life West admissions department at firstname.lastname@example.org.