Finding Your Journey as an Acupuncturist Practitioner

acupuncturist practitioner doing a cosmetic treatment on a patient.

Embarking on a new career can be nerve-racking and will be the biggest decision you make. Medicine specifically is a choice of whether you want to go the western or holistic route. Those who do choose holistic medicine have never chosen the path because it’s safe, structured, or because the pay is great. They want to do acupuncture either because they come from a generational background, it has healed a loved one, or they’ve experienced it themselves and fallen in love.

We’ve spoken to students at CCATCM who have found that acupuncture solved their chronic issues, but also wanted to see the practice of what else it may combat such as lack of sleep, stress, nutrition, anxiety, and overall lifestyle through treating patients. Many realized that the root of solving patient problems was their habits and patterns and that could be the differentiator in healing. 

Many don’t know what a career in acupuncture looks like. Many believe when they come out of school leaving with: 1) an alumni network, 2) job placement or assistance, and 3) peer and mentorship support. This industry is composed of dedicated and compassionate sole proprietors who run small businesses and are entrepreneurs!

If you’re looking for a career in acupuncture, here are some questions you should be asking yourself:

  • Why are you doing it? Why did you choose to get into this field and what kind of change are you hoping to make? 
  • What’s your brand going to look like? How would people describe you and how you present yourself? Is there a certain way you want to be perceived and to be known for? Be honest with yourself to nail down exactly what you want to do. Many practitioners are connected personally and professionally; meaning it’s not enough to create a personal and professional online presence anymore. 
  • What brings you value and purpose? What brings you value when doing something? It may be something you do effortlessly. This could be treating, educating, or developing techniques. Just be sure to be specific and know what you want to be. 

If you are interested in a career in acupuncture and want to speak to someone click here to book a call with one of our administrative staff!