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Acupuncturists

OaSIS code 32200.02

Acupuncturists are practitioners of natural healing who provide an alternative form of health care to patients.

Overview

Also known as

  • Acupuncturist
  • Doctor of acupuncture
  • Registered acupuncturist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Diagnose symptoms, imbalances, physiological disorders and injuries of patients according to Chinese medicine traditions
  • Educate patients on risks and benefits of treatments
  • Develop and implement treatment plans including acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, scraping or electrical current
  • Evaluate and document patients' progress
  • May provide dietary and lifestyle advice including information on life therapies such as energy control therapy (Qi Gong)
  • May develop treatment plans in collaboration with other health care professionals.

Additional information

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Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Chiropractors (31201)
  • Physiotherapists (31202)
  • Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating (31209)
  • Massage therapists (32201)
  • Doctors of naturopathics medicine (31209.03)
  • Doctors of osteopathic medicine (31209.04)
  • Midwives (31303.02)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

32 – Technical occupations in health

Sub-major group

322 – Practitioners of natural healing

Minor group

3220 – Practitioners of natural healing

Unit group

32200 – Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists

Occupational profile

32200.02 – Acupuncturists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
4 - High Level
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level
Applying New Knowledge
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Clinics
  • Private practices

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Finger Dexterity
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Categorization Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level
Deductive Reasoning
3 - Moderate Level
Dynamic Strength
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Social Perceptiveness
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Decision Making
3 - Moderate Level
Evaluation
3 - Moderate Level
Instructing
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important