Learn about the types of people who become acupuncturists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


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Employment Type Mix, 2022

55% of acupuncturists work in full-time roles while 45% work part-time.

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Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an acupuncturist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming acupuncturists at a ratio of 1.33 to 1.

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Actual Gender Mix, 2022

68% of acupuncturists are female and 32% are male.

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Gender Bias, 2022

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an acupuncturist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an acupuncturist and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming an acupuncturist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.

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Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of acupuncturists are White, making up 58% of the population. The next highest segments are East Asian and Other, making up 15% and 10% respectively.