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Osteopath

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Osteopaths believe that abnormalities in the structure or movement of the body can cause long term problems such as tension or headaches. Through massage, physical manipulation or touch they treat a range of problems including back pain, migraine, repetitive strain injury, sports injuries and arthritis.

The Work

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Pay

Most osteopaths are self-employed and charge a sessional rate so their earnings will vary with the number of patients they see. A 30-minute session typically costs between £35 and £50. A new entrant building up a practice could earn £16,000 a year, rising to around £30,000 a year with experience. Osteopaths with well-established practices could earn up to £65,000 a year.

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Getting In

You would start as an assistant to an established osteopath. Although growing numbers work in the National Health Service (NHS) most osteopaths run their own practices. Others work within occupational health care in public bodies and private companies.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1425
1.5 %
RISE
2023
1447
  United Kingdom
2018
21664
2.1 %
RISE
2023
22126

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British College of Osteopathic Medicine
Tel: 020 7435 6464
E-mail: info@bcom.ac.uk
Website: http://www.bcom.ac.uk/
Twitter: @OfficialBCOM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishCollegeOfOsteopathicMedicine

The British College of Osteopathic Medicine offers courses in naturopathy as well as in osteopathy.

General Osteopathic Council
Tel: 020 7357 6655
Website: http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/
Twitter: @gosc_uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goscnews

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

University College of Osteopathy
Tel: 020 7089 5316
Website: https://www.uco.ac.uk/
Twitter: @UCOLondon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCOLondon/

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