Oriental Medicine Career Statistics
- Oriental medicine has been practiced for thousands of years in India, China, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the entire Asian continent.
- Although exact numbers are hard to come by, it is known that millions of Americans visit Oriental medicine practitioners, and many more practice techniques including Yoga, deep breathing, meditation, and herbal therapies.
- Employment in alternative healthcare and related fields is expected to increase by 48.8% from 2002-2012.
- More and more people try alternative healthcare each year, and more insurance companies are covering visits and medicines.
- In 2002, the National Institutes of Health released a survey that found that some 8.2 million American adults had tried acupuncture at some point in the lives, and that 2.1 million of them had used it in the previous year.
- A survey conducted by the California Acupuncture Association in 1993 found that acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners had gross earnings ranging from $30,000 to $100,000/year.
- The cost of education is generally $6,000 to $12,000/year for tuition and supplies - most programs last 3 years.
- Schools accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) are able to offer federal student loans, so students who need financial aid should consider attending one of these schools