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The Homeopath Job Overview:
A homeopath is a person who practices the belief that illnesses and ailments are caused by chaos within the human body and that the symptoms of those illnesses and ailments are the indicators of inward chaos. Homeopathic medicine is the restoring of harmony and balance in the body by using various treatments such as natural herbs and supplements. The use of natural herbs and supplements is believed to stimulate and activate the human immune response system to begin curing the illnesses and ailments found within it without using many of the commonly used prescription drugs which are believed to have many toxic qualities that harm the body more than heal it.
Education Needed to be a Homeopath:
Though there is no legal educational requirements for a person to become a homeopath, many homeopathic practitioners spend years educating themselves through the acquisition of a master's in nursing (as a nurse practitioner) or a doctorate in medicine to be able to first identify and diagnose illnesses and ailments before using homeopathic medicine to treat it. Once they have fully trained in the education of medicine they then find a mentorship with a homeopathic practitioner for 1-3 years or attend a specialized homeopathic school to be able to learn all the practices and uses of homeopathic medicine before going out on their own to practice as a homeopath.
Other Requirements to be a Homeopath:
A person who wishes to be a homeopath needs to of course have an innate belief in homeopathic practices and treatments. They also need to be warm, friendly and socially capable of dealing with patients and clients as a homeopath deals with patients and clients in far more frequency that other doctors or medical practitioners. They also need to have patience and the ability to spend years training as a doctor and then a homeopath before actually practicing homeopathic medicine. Many homeopaths spends years training and educating themselves before even beginning a homeopathic career and this needs to be taken into account when considering a career as a homeopath.
Advancement as a Homeopath:
Advancement in the field of homeopathic medicine can offer both many avenues of advancement or very few depending on the type and sector a homeopath wishes in practice in. For those who wish to practice homeopathic medicine by opening a homeopathic store or practice the room for advancement is nil as they are their own employer and have no other position to advance to. For those who wish to take a less direct approach such as being employed by a homeopathic practice, clinic, hospital, etc. they have the opportunity to move up through the corporate ladder just the same as many other career fields.
Future Prospect for Jobs as a Homeopath:
Alternative medicine as a whole has become more popular in recent years as people turn to other means of healing and treating their bodies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the homeopath career field as well as alternative medicinal practice as a whole will increase 41.3% between 2010 and 2018.
Expected Salary as a Homeopath:
The salary of a homeopath varies greatly due to factors such as geographical location, education, experience, the sector a homeopath works in and whether or not they are self employed. For those who are self employed the choice is up to them as to what fees they charge for their services as well as the amount of hours worked, so an annual salary figure is unclear. However, for those who are employed an average annual salary of about $71,000 or £44,000 a year can be expected.
A Day-in-the-Life of a Homeopath:
The average day for a homeopath can vary greatly due to things such as education, experience, location, job held, etc., however on a typical day many homeopaths have duties that include:
- Meeting patients or clients and identifying/diagnosing illnesses and ailments
- Prescribing natural treatments for patientsh' illnesses and ailments
- Keeping detailed records of all patients' and noting information in their files accordingly
- Researching about illnesses and ailments that they are unfamiliar with or are unable to identify
- Staying up to date on current homeopathic medicinal practices and beliefs
For those who have their own homeopathic practice/store:
- Handling the daily cares of a homeopathic store/practice such as dealing with restocking of supplies, handling business accounts, payments, managing employees, etc.
- Interacting with patients/customers and answering any questions they might have
- Identifying, diagnosing and treating patients' illnesses and ailments