National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0


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31201 - Chiropractors

Chiropractors assess, diagnose, treat and prevent patients' neuromuscular-skeletal disorders of the spine, nervous system, pelvis and other body joints using corrective manipulation including spinal column adjustments, or other complementary therapies. They are usually in private practice or in clinics with other health practitioners.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • chiropractor

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Chiropractic aide (See 33109 Other assisting occupations in support of health services)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Conduct patient interviews and take medical histories
    • Conduct an examination including postural assessment, range of motion tests, neurological and orthopedic examination, and palpation of joints and soft tissues
    • Prescribe and/or perform X-rays and other imaging and tests as required to diagnose patient's condition
    • Diagnose neuromuscular-skeletal disorders of the spinal column, pelvis, extremities and associated tissues
    • Define and implement a treatment plan including spinal and joint adjustment or manipulations, soft tissue work and/or the use of complementary therapies; such as electrotherapy, acupuncture, heat therapy and massage.
    • Communicate and collaborate with other health care professionals
    • Advise patients on alternate treatment modalities such as corrective exercises, posture, nutritional and lifestyle counselling, that have positive effects on the spine, joints, muscles and nervous system
    • Refer patients to other health care professionals when appropriate.
  • Employment requirements

    • A minimum of three years of university undergraduate studies or in Quebec, completion of a college diploma in natural science is required.
    • Completion of a four or five year program at an Accredited Doctor of Chiropractic Education Programme is required.
    • Successful completion of the national examinations by the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board is required to qualify to become licensed by a provincial or territorial body.
    • Licensing by a regulatory body is required in all provinces and in Yukon.
  • Additional information

    • The scope of practice of chiropractors varies by province.
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