Let’s face it, there isn’t much career data available on the holistic healthcare industry. Or at least it isn’t as abundant and as accessible as other career data. But there’s no need to be discouraged. This article dives right into your future prospects as a holistic professional like no other.
What is the Career Outlook for a Holistic Healer in the US?
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 16% growth in healthcare occupations between 2020 and 2030. That’s nearly 3 million new jobs up for grabs, including opportunities in complementary and alternative professions.
The median pay for massage therapists, for example, was $43,620 per year, or $20.97 per hour. In addition, the occupation is projected to grow by 32%—a growth rate five times higher than average. As with most careers, the more specialized you are, the more likely you are to command a higher income. Acupuncturists, for example, earn between $21.24 and $76.54 per hour.
In the same breath, openings (and salaries) for dieticians and nutritionists continue to grow—and have been doing so steadily for the past decade. According to Payscale salary data, other top-earning holistic healing professions include naturopathy and holistic nursing.
Before you dismiss the numbers as a trend or a consequence of the pandemic, remember that the industry has been growing steadily for well over a decade. More importantly, this impressive growth partly represents growth in the demand for holistic healers as public interest in alternative practices increases.
If you’re looking to benefit from the upcoming healthcare industry growth, then you need to position yourself for success—and you need to do it now.
Whether you’re already a holistic practitioner or are just looking for another reason to justify becoming one, you can rest assured that the holistic industry is here to stay and to grow—as is your career.
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