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

How employable are naturopathic physicians?

CareerExplorer rates naturopathic physicians 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 naturopathic physicians. That number is based on 7,500 additional naturopathic physicians, and the retirement of 1,000 existing naturopathic physicians.

Are naturopathic physicians in demand?

As naturopathy moves from the margins to the mainstream of medicine, demand and employment opportunities in the field are growing. Studies show that cancer, gastrointestinal, and orthopedic patients are increasingly pursuing alternative, naturopathic remedies in the hope of experiencing fewer treatment side effects. They are seeking symptom relief from chronic conditions; they want to feel in control of their health and boost their immune systems. While these trends bode well for the occupation, key to the advancement of naturopathy is its integration – not its exclusion – of conventional therapies. At this stage of their progression into the mainstream, naturopathic physicians’ best employment strategy is to partner in private practice with other complementary medical practitioners, including both medical doctors and holistic health specialists. While not all MDs are yet willing to collaborate with their naturopathic counterparts, attitudes are definitely changing. Positions are being created in integrative medicine departments at some hospitals and clinics and in the public health sector. In addition, opportunities are being presented in research and development, wellness education, and the field of natural pharmacy. One of the current drawbacks to the ND (naturopathic doctor) degree in the U.S. is limited state licensure and varying restrictions on ordering exams and writing prescriptions. In some states, naturopaths are only authorized to make nutritional, lifestyle, and homeopathic recommendations. Furthermore, the naturopathic doctorate does not qualify an individual to work for government organizations like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On the global scale, naturopathic physicians are disqualified from assuming medical roles with the World Health Organization (WHO) or the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

What’s the supply of naturopathic physicians?

The naturopathic physician industry is concentrated in Maryland, California, Florida

Naturopathic Physician job market by state

State Name Employed Naturopathic Physicians
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