Acupuncturists treat disorders and illnesses by stimulating the body's defence mechanisms through inserting fine needles into the skin.
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.
JSA 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
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.
Most Acupuncturists work in the Health care and social assistance industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Acupuncturists||All Jobs Average|
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.
Age and gender
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)
|Age Bracket||Acupuncturists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||6.6||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
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)
|Type of Qualification||Acupuncturists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||22.2||10.1|
|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 can be improved through training or experience.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Talking to others.
50%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Looking for ways to help people.
46%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Write in a way that people can understand.
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.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
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).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
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.
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 are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
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.
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.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
89%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Talk with people face-to-face.
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.
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.
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.
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.