Herbalist Measures Medicine

Herbalists are health care professionals who practice healing through the use of herbs. The same term applies to individuals who grow and collect herbs. Herbs are plants or plant parts—roots, bark, leaves, flowers, or berries—that are used for their aromatic, savory, or medicinal qualities. Herbs are sometimes called botanicals. They are the fastest growing category in drugstores because of the public's steadily increasing interest in herbal preparations.

The field of herbalism is expanding and changing rapidly. Professional herbalists work in a variety of places. They may work as primary health care providers, as consultants in health care settings, or as clerks or assistants in health food stores. Others assist in the planting, harvesting, or manufacturing of herbs.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Chinese Herbalists, Naturopaths, Oriental Medicine Practitioners, Professional Herbalists, Wildcrafters
Duties Evaluate and diagnose patients; select herbs or herbal formulas for treatment; develop herbal formulas; grow, manufacture, or distribute herbs; teach in colleges and universities
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) A concentration of herbalists exists in California, but opportunities exist in all urban and suburban areas, or rural areas for herbalists who grow herbs
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience One to two years retail and customer service experience; several years of training with a licensed herbalist
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager or Business Owner
  • Herbalist
  • Herbalist Trainee or Assistant

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