Acupuncturists use very fine needles to stimulate key pressure points on the body.

What does an acupuncturist do?

Using a traditional form of Chinese medicine, acupuncturists insert very thin needles into pressure points on their clients’ bodies to try and stimulate these areas to aid the body’s healing process.

Acupuncturists have a range of clients, from people suffering from arthritis or high blood pressure to those suffering from migraines or depression.

What do I need to do to become an acupuncturist?

You will need to complete a three-year course in order to become an acupuncturist. You’ll need to assess the related issues surrounding clients’ symptoms, such as lifestyle, diet and stress, so you’ll need to have good communication and listening skills.

Related skills

  • Business management
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving

Academic route

  • Five GCSEs (A-C), including a science subject
  • Two A levels

Vocational route

  • A recognised acupuncturist qualification, such as those accredited by The British Acupuncture Accreditation Board

Related subjects

  • Biology

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

Most acupuncturists are self-employed, and may work from their own homes, from an alternative therapy clinic, GP surgery, or even travel to clients’ homes to treat them there.

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