There are currently an estimated 56,400 acupuncturists in the United States. The acupuncturist job market is expected to grow by 13.3% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are acupuncturists?

CareerExplorer rates acupuncturists with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 8,500 acupuncturists. That number is based on 7,500 additional acupuncturists, and the retirement of 1,000 existing acupuncturists.

Are acupuncturists in demand?

As public awareness and acceptance of acupuncture increases and as more insurance firms offer coverage for acupuncture services, average job growth in this occupation should be sustained. Demand and employment opportunities will be found at alternative medicine centres and in joint practice with traditional doctors or chiropractors. Increasingly, self-employed and independent practitioners are growing their businesses by collaborating with other natural healing professionals such as massage therapists and naturopaths. In addition to earning a mandatory degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and obtaining a state required license, most acupuncturists working in the U.S. enhance their job prospects by joining the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). This association provides information on case studies, research, and clinical practice which helps its members remain abreast of changes and advances in the field.

What’s the supply of acupuncturists?

The acupuncturist industry is concentrated in Maryland, California, Florida

Acupuncturist job market by state

State Name Employed Acupuncturists
Maryland 5,510
California 3,930
Florida 2,700
Georgia 2,400
New York 2,190
Illinois 2,070
Indiana 1,670
New Jersey 1,120
Texas 1,090
Washington 970
Ohio 830
Oregon 810
Colorado 770
Massachusetts 740
North Carolina 680
Arizona 550
Iowa 510
Wisconsin 500
District of Columbia 470
Michigan 470
Pennsylvania 430
Connecticut 360
Virginia 310
Montana 270
Nevada 260
Tennessee 230
Hawaii 230
Alaska 220
Maine 210
Rhode Island 190
Kentucky 190
Nebraska 180
New Hampshire 180
South Carolina 160
Arkansas 160
Missouri 150
Utah 150
New Mexico 140
Mississippi 120
Vermont 120
Oklahoma 110
West Virginia 110
Puerto Rico 110
Kansas 90
Idaho 90
North Dakota 90
Wyoming 50
South Dakota 50