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Provide treatment of symptoms and disorders using needles and small electrical currents. May provide massage treatment. May also provide preventive treatments.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Tweezers
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  • Vacuum pumps
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  • Ion exchange apparatus
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  • Lancets
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  • Handheld thermometer
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Medical software
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  • Spreadsheet software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Formulate herbal preparations to treat conditions considering herbal properties such as taste, toxicity, effects of preparation, contraindications, and incompatibilities.
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  • Maintain and follow standard quality, safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures.
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  • Maintain detailed and complete records of health care plans and prognoses.
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  • Dispense herbal formulas and inform patients of dosages and frequencies, treatment duration, possible side effects and drug interactions.
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  • Consider Western medical procedures in health assessment, health care team communication, and care referrals.
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  • Adhere to local, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes.
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  • Treat patients using tools such as needles, cups, ear balls, seeds, pellets, or nutritional supplements.
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  • Educate patients on topics such as meditation, ergonomics, stretching, exercise, nutrition, the healing process, breathing, or relaxation techniques.
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  • Evaluate treatment outcomes and recommend new or altered treatments as necessary to further promote, restore, or maintain health.
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  • Assess patients' general physical appearance to make diagnoses.
  •  Skills
     
  • 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.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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  • 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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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
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      Education:   Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
      Related Experience:   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.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $79,440.00 $38.19  $21.66  $29.64 - $47.78 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $49,809.00 $23.94  $11.39  $11.70 - $33.75 
    Hartford $88,579.00 $42.59  $29.96  $33.89 - $48.88 
    New Haven $88,498.00 $42.55  $31.01  $33.29 - $49.56 
    New London/Norwich $39,776.00 $19.12  $11.07  $11.16 - $27.95 
    Waterbury $59,121.00 $28.42  $19.08  $21.04 - $34.64 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2016 - 2026 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   39
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, but the number of annual openings will offer limited job opportunities.
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