There are currently an estimated 47,400 chiropractors in the United States. The chiropractor job market is expected to grow by 12.4% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are chiropractors?

CareerExplorer rates chiropractors 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 6,700 chiropractors. That number is based on 5,900 additional chiropractors, and the retirement of 800 existing chiropractors.

Are chiropractors in demand?

Many health-conscious individuals are attracted to chiropractic treatment because it is natural, surgery-free, and not reliant on the prescription of drugs. Because of their personal, holistic approach to health care, chiropractors are increasingly viewed as primary physicians, particularly in rural areas. As the average life span increases, so too does the number of elderly people who present more structural and mechanical difficulties with their bodies, therefore augmenting the demand for doctors of chiropractic. As more insurance policies and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) now cover chiropractic service, chiropractors tend to receive more referrals for treatment from accidents. New chiropractors may find greater competition in geographical areas where other practitioners are already located. Because of the high cost of diagnostic equipment such as X-ray machines, collaborative practices with other chiropractors or related health care professionals will likely offer more opportunities for employment or for purchasing a share of a practice.

What’s the supply of chiropractors?

The chiropractor industry is concentrated in California, Florida, New York

Chiropractor job market by state

State Name Employed Chiropractors
California 3,480
Florida 2,110
New York 2,030
Texas 1,940
Illinois 1,510
Pennsylvania 1,450
Michigan 1,370
Ohio 1,250
Wisconsin 1,220
Georgia 1,170
Minnesota 980
Arizona 980
Colorado 980
North Carolina 770
Virginia 750
New Jersey 740
Iowa 690
Missouri 670
Oregon 620
Indiana 590
Kansas 510
Tennessee 480
Massachusetts 470
Nebraska 470
South Carolina 470
Kentucky 440
Maryland 410
Utah 380
Louisiana 370
Oklahoma 350
Arkansas 330
North Dakota 250
Alabama 250
Nevada 230
Montana 230
Connecticut 190
Idaho 180
South Dakota 130
Maine 130
New Mexico 130
Delaware 130
Mississippi 120
New Hampshire 110
Alaska 100
Hawaii 90
Wyoming 90
Rhode Island 80
West Virginia 70
Vermont 50