Naturopaths—also called naturopathic physicians, naturopathic doctors, and N.D.'s—are licensed health professionals who practice an approach to health care called naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic medicine (also called naturopathy) is a distinct system of health care that uses a variety of natural approaches to health and healing, including clinical nutrition, counseling, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and physical therapy. Naturopaths recognize the integrity of the whole person, and they emphasize the individual's inherent capacity for self-healing. Some naturopaths are not licensed health professionals but have studied the field of naturopathy through correspondence programs, under the supervision of other naturopaths, or completed some other type of certificate-granting program. This article, however, focuses primarily on the career of naturopathic doctors.

Quick Facts
Duties Examine and gather information from patients; treat medical conditions and ailments; perform minor surgical procedures; research natural healing techniques and materials
Alternate Title(s) Naturopathic Physicians, Naturopathic Doctors
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Clinical training
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Naturopath Clinic Owner
  • Naturopath
  • Assistant Naturopath

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