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Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

8 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,285 Master's Degrees Annually
#120 in Popularity
$85,600 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many acupuncture and oriental medicine graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,302
Doctor’s Degree 727
Undergraduate Certificate 30
Bachelor’s Degree 8

What Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to acupuncture and oriental medicine and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Majors

acupuncture and oriental medicine majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Majors

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Major?

People with a acupuncture and oriental medicine degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Acupuncturists 13.3% $73,960

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine?

8 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
88% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 88% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of acupuncture and oriental medicine majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 6
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine majors often go into careers with median salaries of $85,600. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with acupuncture and oriental medicine may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to acupuncture and oriental medicine have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Some College Courses 9.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 11.4%
Master’s Degree 49.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 14.3%
Doctoral Degree 13.0%

Online Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Programs

In 2018-2019, 50 schools offered a acupuncture and oriental medicine program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 47 0
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 17 2
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 4 0

Is a Degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Worth It?

The median salary for a acupuncture and oriental medicine grad is $85,600 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 115% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $914,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to acupuncture and oriental medicine.

Major Number of Grads
General Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems 413
Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy 390
Holistic Health 369
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology 169
Ayurvedic Medicine/Ayurveda 98
Other Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems 70
Homeopathic Medicine/Homeopathy 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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