Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Provide treatment of symptoms and disorders using needles and small electrical currents. May provide massage treatment. May also provide preventive treatments.

Common job titles of Acupuncturists include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 47.95% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 13.9% said they needed a First Professional Degree.

Essential Tasks

    Assess patients' general physical appearance to make diagnoses.

    Collect medical histories and general health and life style information from patients.

    Apply heat or cold therapy to patients using materials such as heat pads, hydrocollator packs, warm compresses, cold compresses, heat lamps, or vapor coolants.

    Consider Western medical procedures in health assessment, health care team communication, and care referrals.

    Educate patients on topics such as meditation, ergonomics, stretching, exercise, nutrition, the healing process, breathing, or relaxation techniques.

    Evaluate treatment outcomes and recommend new or altered treatments as necessary to further promote, restore, or maintain health.

    Develop individual treatment plans and strategies.

    Analyze physical findings and medical histories to make diagnoses according to Oriental medicine traditions.

    Identify correct anatomical and proportional point locations based on patients' anatomy and positions, contraindications, and precautions related to treatments such as intradermal needles, moxibution, electricity, guasha, or bleeding.

    Adhere to local, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes.

    Maintain and follow standard quality, safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures.

    Insert needles to provide acupuncture treatment.

    Maintain detailed and complete records of health care plans and prognoses.

    Treat patients using tools such as needles, cups, ear balls, seeds, pellets, or nutritional supplements.

    Treat medical conditions using techniques such as acupressure, shiatsu, or tuina.

    Formulate herbal preparations to treat conditions considering herbal properties such as taste, toxicity, effects of preparation, contraindications, and incompatibilities.

    Dispense herbal formulas and inform patients of dosages and frequencies, treatment duration, possible side effects and drug interactions.

Regular Tasks

    Apply moxibustion directly or indirectly to patients using Chinese, non-scarring, stick, or pole moxa.

Occasional Tasks


Wide grip tweezers

Wartenberg pinwheels

Vibration massagers

Ultrasound massagers

Trancutaneous electrical nerve stimulation TENS units

Tongue depressors

Tiger warmers

All Tools

Three-edged bloodletting needles

Therapeutic heating packs

Therapeutic cooling packs

Therapeutic acupuncture magnets

Taylor-type percussion hammers

Tack tweezers

Splinter forceps

Seven-star needles

Scissor pincettes

Rolling drums

Pulsed magnetic field generators

Press needles

Positioning bolsters

Portable heat lamps

Plastic cupping sets

Pen probes


Operating scissors

Needle plungers

Needle inserters

Moxa spoons

Moxa extinguishers

Moxa cans

Moxa burning bowls

Moxa burners

Moxa boxes

Mineral wave lamps

Microcurrent systems

Massage tables

Massage chairs

Manaka hammers

Magnetic finger rings

Magnetic cupping sets

Lockable forceps

Laser pens

Lancet needles


Ion pumps

Intradermal acupuncture needles

Infrared heat lamps

Hydrocollator units

Herb grinders

Hemostat clamps

Handheld digital thermometers

Hand rollers

Hand exercise balls

Gua sha tools

Glass cupping sets

Four sensor probes

Foot rollers

Filiform acupuncture needles

Electronic muscle stimulators

Electroacupuncture stimulation units

Ear tacks

Ear needles

Dual head stethoscopes

Dressing forceps

Digital heat lamps

Digital electronic acupunctoscopes

Crystal probes

Buck neurological hammers

Blood pressure monitors

Biohazard containers

Bandage scissors

Babinski hammers

Autoclave sterilizers

Angle tip forceps

Air ion testers

Adson forceps

Adenoid sphygmomanometers

Acutonics tuning forks

Acupuncture needle guide tubes

Acupuncture ear probes


AcuBase Pro

AcuPartner Professional

Electronic health record EHR software

Miridia Technology AcuGraph


Qpalm Acupuncture

QPuncture II


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.


Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Sales and Marketing

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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