“Naturopathic medicine is an exciting and growing profession that provides an integrative approach to healthcare while focusing on prevention and treatment of the root cause of disease. As the healthcare landscape shifts toward a strongly interdisciplinary focus, naturopathic physicians are uniquely poised to take on leadership roles as providers who are trained in both conventional and natural therapies.”
– Melanie Henriksen, ND, LAc, CNM
Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine, NUNM
As more and more individuals seek treatments that supplement or replace the need for conventional medicine, the career opportunities in naturopathy are becoming endless. Navigate through our resources below to guide you toward your career in naturopathic medicine.
ND Lifestyle Choices
A common and collective goodwill mission is one defining characteristic found in the typical naturopathic physician (ND).Here is a rudimentary snapshot of the ND population:
• 69% treat underserved populations.
• 66% green their practices, mainly through recycling, green cleaning products, organic/local food, public transportation and energy-efficient lighting.
• 45% offer a sliding fee scale to their patients.
• 43% volunteered for at least one to three weeks over the past three years.
• 14% provide services to the underserved, volunteering outside of the U.S.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
The 2009 Department of Labor Custom Report states that the job description of a naturopathic physician (ND) is to: “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.” – Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2009 wage data
Become the doctor you'd like to have.
As more and more individuals seek treatments that supplement or prevent the need for conventional medicine, the career opportunities in naturopathy are endless.
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