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7. What career can I expect as an acupuncturist and how much will I earn?

Northern College of Acupuncture graduate Caitlin Allen running her very busy full-time practice at a clinic in Leeds

Acupuncture graduate Caitlin Allen

talks about running her very busy full-time practice at a clinic in Leeds

You can expect a very varied, rewarding and flexible career in acupuncture. Once qualified, our graduates work in a variety of situations including setting up their own clinics, working within group practices or GP practices, working from home, or offering mobile services. Some of our graduates have established relationships with their local hospitals, NHS clinics and hospices. Another popular option for our graduates is setting up or working in a multi-bed clinic to provide lower cost acupuncture. Graduates who set up on their own and who actively work at building their practices with commitment and determination can be busy within six to twelve months. More typically, most people establish a good steady practice within two years. After a few years, most practices are sustained simply by word-of-mouth recommendations from satisfied patients. Once your practice becomes well established you can earn a good living. A full time acupuncturist can earn around £30,000-£40,000 per year.

Northern college of acupuncture, Charlotte Green             Charlotte Green -

“Two years after graduation I now have a busy acupuncture practice in Preston. I am building a diverse client-base and find the huge variety of patients one of the most interesting parts of my job.”