Careers in the Licensed Professions


Acupuncturist Print Profile PDF

Acupuncturists use medical theories and techniques developed in East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan) to improve or maintain the health of their patients. Acupuncture helps many patients to maintain emotional balance, reduce stress, and relieve pain.  A licensed acupuncturist commonly treats a patient by:

  • inserting acupuncture needles or applying heat, pressure or electrical stimulation to specific acupuncture points on or near the surface of the patient’s body, and/or
  • recommending specific diets, dietary supplements or natural products (such as herbs).  



Complete at least 60 semester hours at an accredited college or university, including nine semester hours in the biosciences


Complete a Department-registered 3-year acupuncture licensure program or the equivalent, as determined by the Department


Acupuncture with Point Location Exam and Foundations of Oriental Medicine Exam (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.



Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary range: $30,000-$81,000
  • Projected Growth: average

Where Could I Work?

  • Medical or mental health clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Acupuncture private practice
  • Medical, chiropractic, and physical therapy offices

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Health sciences
  • Manual and technical skills
  • Alternative medicine/healing

Professional Skills

  • Concern for others
  • Adaptability
  • Practice management
  • Communication

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to an acupuncturist about what they do and how they got started!


Last Updated: January 14, 2020