Chiropractors manipulate joints, bones, and soft tissue to control pain/prevent recurring injuries.

What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor's day-to-day work may include:

  • using your hands to treat disorders of bones, muscles, and joints
  • manipulating the spine
  • treating neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • treating sciatica and leg problems
  • helping clients with sports injuries, poor posture, and joint and muscle pain
  • making sure your client’s condition is suitable for treatment
  • discussing their symptoms and health problems in detail
  • carrying out examinations, sometimes using x-rays or blood tests
  • designing a programme of treatment for each individual client
  • giving advice on lifestyle, diet, and exercise to support recovery

What do I need to do to become a chiropractor?

You'll need to complete a four-year degree or postgraduate master's course recognised by the General Chiropractic Council.

This involves three years of full-time study, and one year working under supervision.

You may be able to take an Access to Science course if you do not have the degree entry requirements.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths, and a science
  • three A levels, including two sciences

Volunteering and experience

You'll need to get paid, or unpaid, experience of working with a chiropractor before applying for a course.

You'll also find it useful to get experience of working in a health or care role. You could contact the voluntary services coordinator or manager at your local NHS trust for more advice.


You'll need to pass enhanced background checks.


You'll need to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) before you can work as a chiropractor. 

Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Business management
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Patience
  • Physical fitness

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physical education

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could work in a therapy clinic.

Career opportunities

With experience, you could set up your own practice. You could also move into education, or specialise in sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurology, or research.

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