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Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy

22 Master's Degrees Annually
$85,600 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many naturopathic medicine/naturopathy graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Doctor’s Degree 368
Master’s Degree 22

What Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, naturopathic medicine/naturopathy majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in naturopathic medicine/naturopathy should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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

Skills for Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy Majors

When studying naturopathic medicine/naturopathy, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy Majors

As you progress with your naturopathic medicine/naturopathy degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.

What Can You Do With a Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with naturopathic medicine/naturopathy:

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

How Much Do Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy 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 naturopathic medicine/naturopathy 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for naturopathic medicine/naturopathy careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
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. 4.9%
Doctoral Degree 88.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 9.9%

Online Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy Programs

In 2018-2019, 7 schools offered a naturopathic medicine/naturopathy 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) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy Worth It?

The median salary for a naturopathic medicine/naturopathy 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 naturopathic medicine/naturopathy.

Major Number of Grads
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 2,067
General Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems 413
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.

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