Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) students at New York Chiropractic College and schools across the country prepare for an optimistic future in chiropractic.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected change in employment from 2014 to 2024 for Doctors of Chiropractic is 17 percent — a significantly faster growth rate than the 7 percent national average.
The aging baby boomer population — born between 1946 and 1964 — may play a role in this increase in a few ways. In 2014, 14.5 percent of the U.S. population was 65 and older, but by 2040, this number will represent 21.7 percent — roughly 81 million Americans, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA).
This aging population leads to two factors resulting in a favorable chiropractic career outlook: First, boomers will leave the workforce in growing numbers. According to Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association, about 3 million boomers will retire every year for the next 20 years. Some of these will be chiropractors, opening opportunities for new Doctors of Chiropractic to fill their coats.
Second, this aging population — and the health issues associated with aging — will spark increased demand for healthcare professionals — including chiropractors.
One excerpt from an article originally published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Research, and published in the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ Practice Analysis of Chiropractic 2015 report, summarizes the current trend of chiropractic healthcare acceptance, use and efficacy:
“As a profession that over the past generation has made great strides into the American healthcare mainstream – with widespread utilization and patient satisfaction; a strong research base; inclusion in most private insurance plans, workers’ compensation insurance, Medicare, military, and veterans’ healthcare; and full recognition in Olympic and sports medicine – chiropractic now has the hallmarks of an essential health service (Redwood D., 2009).”