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Career and Education Opportunities for Chiropractors in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for chiropractors. There are currently 4,500 working chiropractors in California; this should grow 24% to 5,600 working chiropractors in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for chiropractors are expected to grow by about 19.5%. In general, chiropractors adjust spinal column and other articulations of the body to correct abnormalities of the human body believed to be caused by interference with the nervous system.

Chiropractors earn approximately $29 per hour or $60,470 per year on average in California. Nationally they average about $31 hourly or $66,490 annually. Chiropractors earn less than people working in the category of Alternative and Specialized generally in California and more than people in the Alternative and Specialized category nationally. People working as chiropractors can fill a number of jobs, such as: chiropractic physician, chiropractic neurologist, and doctor of chiropractic.

The Los Angeles area is home to 274 schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Los Angeles where you can get a degree as a chiropractor. The most common level of education for chiropractors is a Doctoral degree. You can expect to spend four or five years studying to be a chiropractor if you already have a Bachelor's degree, or eight to ten years if you have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Chiropractor

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In general, chiropractors adjust spinal column and other articulations of the body to correct abnormalities of the human body believed to be caused by interference with the nervous system. They also examine patient to determine nature and extent of disorder.

Chiropractors diagnose health problems by reviewing patients' health and medical histories, questioning, observing and examining patients, and interpreting x-rays. They also manage diagnostic x-rays to be taken. Equally important, chiropractors have to counsel patients about nutrition and other matters. They are often called upon to analyze x-rays to identify the sources of patients' difficulties and to rule out fractures or diseases as sources of problems. They are expected to confer with and refer patients to appropriate health practitioners when needed. Finally, chiropractors perform a series of manual adjustments to the spine, or other articulations of the body, to fix the musculoskeletal system.

Every day, chiropractors are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for chiropractors to evaluate the functioning of the neuromuscularskeletal system and the spine using systems of chiropractic diagnosis. They are often called upon to maintain accurate case histories of patients. Somewhat less frequently, chiropractors are also expected to advise patients about recommended courses of treatment.

They also have to be able to obtain and record patients' medical histories And finally, they sometimes have to advise patients about recommended courses of treatment.

Like many other jobs, chiropractors must have exceptional integrity and be reliable.

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Chiropractor Training

Southern California University of Health Sciences - Whittier, CA

Southern California University of Health Sciences, 16200 E Amber Valley Dr, Whittier, CA 90604. Southern California University of Health Sciences is a small university located in Whittier, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 181 students. Southern California University of Health Sciences has a doctor's degree program in Chiropractic which graduated 116 students in 2008.

Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA

Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles, 590 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004-2196. Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles is a small college located in Los Angeles, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 346 students. Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles has a professional degree program in Chiropractic which graduated sixty-one students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles is located in Los Angeles County, California. It has a population of over 3,833,995, which has grown by 3.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Los Angeles, 166, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Los Angeles are valued at $361,500 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, seven hundred twelve new homes were built in Los Angeles, down from 1,551 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Los Angeles are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 30 minutes. More than 25.5% of Los Angeles residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.1%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Los Angeles is 13.9%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Los Angeles residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 58.1%, is more than both the national and state average. All Peoples Christian Church, All Saints Episcopal Church and All Saints Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Los Angeles. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

Los Angeles is home to the Balboa Municipal Golf Course and the Angels Flight Railway as well as Hazard Park and State Street Recreation Center. Shopping centers in the area include Encino Junior Shopping Center, Encino Oaks Shopping Center and Encino Town Center Shopping Center. Visitors to Los Angeles can choose from Best Western Mid-Wilshire Plaza, Best Western Westwood Pacific and Alma Lodge for temporary stays in the area.