Acupuncturists

ANZSCO ID 252211

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
1,400
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
44%
Female Share
53%
Average age
47

Summary

Acupuncturists treat disorders and illnesses by stimulating the body's defence mechanisms through inserting fine needles into the skin.

Tasks

  • Assesses patients to determine the nature of the disorder, illness, problem or need by questioning, examining and observing

  • Develops and implements treatment plans using acupuncture.

  • Evaluates and documents patients' progress through treatment plans.

Characteristics

Job Type
Professionals
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
Interests
  • Practical
  • Analytical
  • Helping
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary
  • Light

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Complementary Health Therapists, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 44% of people employed as Acupuncturists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 22 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Health Care and Social Assistance
96.0%
2
Other Services
0.7%
3
Retail Trade
0.4%
4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
0.4%
5
Other industries
0.5%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

39.8% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

19.1% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

27.6% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

5.4% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

5.5% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.0% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.3% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.4% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Acupuncturists All Jobs Average
NSW 39.8 31.6
VIC 19.1 25.6
QLD 27.6 20.0
SA 5.4 7.0
WA 5.5 10.8
TAS 1.0 2.0
NT 0.3 1.0
ACT 1.4 1.9


  • Around 72% of Acupuncturists live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    New South Wales and Queensland have a large share of employment relative to their population size.

    The regions with the largest share of workers are:

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
47
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
53%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Acupuncturists is 47 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.

    Females make up 53% of the workforce. This is 5 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Acupuncturists All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 1.2 9.3
25-34 12.5 22.9
35-44 30.7 22.0
45-54 26.7 21.6
55-59 11.5 9.0
60-64 10.8 6.0
65 and Over 6.6 4.2
Median Age 47 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A bachelor degree in health science majoring in either Chinese medicine or acupuncture is usually needed to work as an Acupuncturist.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Acupuncturists All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 22.2 10.1
Bachelor degree 61.6 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 13.8 11.6
Certificate III/IV 0.2 21.1
Year 12 2.2 18.1
Year 11 0.0 4.8
Year 10 and below 0.0 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Complementary Health Therapists who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 55%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 55%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 54%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 52%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 52%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 52%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 50%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 50%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 50%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 48%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 46%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 45%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 41%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 41%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 41%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 39%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 37%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 37%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 32%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 30%

    Science

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 78%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 73%

    Medicine and dentistry

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  • 73%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 66%

    Therapy and counselling

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  • 58%

    Biology

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  • 57%

    Philosophy and theology

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  • 56%

    English language

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

  • 54%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 50%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • 49%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 42%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 42%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 39%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 38%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 37%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 32%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 32%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 32%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 31%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 26%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 63%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 61%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 59%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 59%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 57%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 57%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 54%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 54%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 52%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 50%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 50%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 48%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 48%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 46%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 46%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 41%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 41%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 37%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 32%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  • 30%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 72%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 72%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 71%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 67%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 66%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 66%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 66%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 64%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 61%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 57%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 55%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 54%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 52%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 51%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 50%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 47%

    Coming up with systems and processes

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  • 45%

    Giving expert advice

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  • 41%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 41%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 37%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 86%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 76%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 71%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 33%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 29%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 24%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 71%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 71%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 71%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 64%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 57%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 57%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 96%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 95%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 93%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 89%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 89%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 88%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 88%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 88%

    Disease or infection

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  • 87%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 86%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 74%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 74%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 74%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 71%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 69%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 69%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 67%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 64%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 61%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 61%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1199.01 - Acupuncturists.


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