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29-1199.01 - Acupuncturists

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

Sample of reported job titles: Acupuncture Physician, Acupuncturist, Licensed Acupuncturist

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Insert needles to provide acupuncture treatment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain and follow standard quality, safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adhere to local, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain detailed and complete records of health care plans and prognoses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze physical findings and medical histories to make diagnoses according to Oriental medicine traditions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Treat patients using tools such as needles, cups, ear balls, seeds, pellets, and nutritional supplements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop individual treatment plans and strategies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate treatment outcomes and recommend new or altered treatments as necessary to further promote, restore, or maintain health. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect medical histories and general health and life style information from patients. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dispense herbal formulas and inform patients of dosages and frequencies, treatment duration, possible side effects and drug interactions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess patients' general physical appearance to make diagnoses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Educate patients on topics such as meditation, ergonomics, stretching, exercise, nutrition, the healing process, breathing, and relaxation techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Formulate herbal preparations to treat conditions considering herbal properties such as taste, toxicity, effects of preparation, contraindications, and incompatibilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Consider Western medical procedures in health assessment, health care team communication, and care referrals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply heat or cold therapy to patients using materials such as heat pads, hydrocollator packs, warm compresses, cold compresses, heat lamps, and vapor coolants. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply moxibustion directly or indirectly to patients using Chinese, non-scarring, stick, or pole moxa. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Treat medical conditions using techniques such as acupressure, shiatsu, and tuina. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Bandage scissors or its supplies — Bandage scissors; Scissor pincettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food grinders — Herb grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electric vibrators for rehabilitation or therapy — Ultrasound massagers; Vibration massagers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic blood pressure units — Blood pressure monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats — Angle tip forceps; Hemostat clamps; Lockable forceps; Splinter forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Foot care products — Foot rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Handheld digital thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hypodermic needle — Filiform acupuncture needles; Intradermal acupuncture needles; Press needles; Seven-star needles (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ion analyzers — Air ion testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ion exchange apparatus — Ionizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lancets — Lancet needles; Three-edged bloodletting needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers — Crystal probes; Laser pens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy — Massage chairs; Massage tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Dual head stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical diagnostic pinwheels — Wartenberg pinwheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical heat lamps or accessories — Digital heat lamps; Infrared heat lamps; Mineral wave lamps; Portable heat lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mercury blood pressure units — Adenoid sphygmomanometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needle guides — Acupuncture needle guide tubes; Needle inserters; Needle plungers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needle or blade or sharps disposal container or cart — Bio-hazard containers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Neurological diagnostic sets — Ear probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Neuromuscular stimulators or kits — Digital electronic acupunctoscopes; Electroacupuncture stimulation units; Pen probes; Pulsed magnetic field generators (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets — Otoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reflex hammers or mallets — Babinski hammers; Buck neurological hammers; Taylor-type percussion hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Autoclave sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Adson forceps; Dressing forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scissors — Operating scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Therapeutic balls or accessories — Gua sha tools; Manaka hammers; Rolling drums See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs — Magnetic cupping sets; Moxa extinguishers; Moxa spoons; Plastic cupping sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling units or systems — Moxa boxes; Moxa burners; Moxa cans; Tiger warmers (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongue depressors or blades or sticks — Tongue depressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units — Trancutaneous electrical nerve stimulation TENS units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tweezers — Tack tweezers; Wide grip tweezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum pumps — Ion pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wrist exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy — Hand exercise balls; Hand rollers; Magnetic finger rings See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Medical software — AcuBase Pro Software; AcuPartner Professional; Qpalm Acupuncture; QPuncture II (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record patient medical histories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat patients using alternative medical procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Follow protocols or regulations for healthcare activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat patients using physical therapy techniques. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate patient outcomes to determine effectiveness of treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise patients on effects of health conditions or treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate treatment options to guide medical decisions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Contact With Others — 87% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 88% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 82% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 70% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 58% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 58% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 39% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 47% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 33% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 30% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 56% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 46% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 25% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 37% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 26% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
48   Master's degree
14   Professional degree Help
13   Doctoral degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: SRI

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other.
Employment data collected from Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other.
Industry data collected from Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other.

Median wages (2014) $35.29 hourly, $73,400 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 47,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 13,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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