How To Become A Naturopath.
A wise choice! Look around, and you’ll see two things. Firstly, more people are interested in staying healthy than ever before. Gym memberships are on the rise, and healthy eating is not just a fad; it is here to stay. Secondly, despite this growing interest in natural health, chronic diseases are, unfortunately, on the rise. Those that are already taking the steps towards a healthier lifestyle continue to drive demand for natural therapists, as they know the valuable role complementary medicine plays in their life. Those that haven’t yet figured this out require your help. At some point, many people come to realise that modern medicine does not hold all the answers.
So, now that we’ve established you can have a successful career as a Naturopath, what do you need to do to get there?
What qualifications do you need to become a Naturopath?
The minimum qualification you will need to be recognised as a Naturopath is an Advanced Diploma. However, you must make sure that your course is accredited by a reputable professional association that represents natural therapies in Australia. The largest association representing natural therapies in Australia is the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMs), who have been established for over 30 years.
How long do you need to study to become a Naturopath?
The minimum for most courses is 3 years; however, you should ask your college if they offer the option to complete quicker or take longer, depending on your needs and your lifestyle.
Can you study Naturopathy online?
Yes. Switch on health is the only college in Australia to offer an online accredited qualification in Naturopathy. You can study from home in your own time and at your own pace, while still having access to tutor support every day of the week.
What about insurance?
Public liability and professional indemnity insurance are essential for any health professional. This helps to protect both you and your clients in the event of a claim. This insurance is available to you at a very competitive rate if you are a member of an association such as ATMS.
Can Naturopaths prescribe supplements, write meal plans, and dispense herbal medicines?
Yes, absolutely. As a qualified Naturopath, you will have access to high-quality nutritional supplements and herbal products at wholesale prices.
How much do Naturopaths get paid?
This varies as each one chooses how much they charge. As a rough guide, many Naturopaths will charge $120 / hour or more for a consultation.
Want to be your own boss? As a Naturopath, you can work for yourself. You can work from home, or work in a clinic with other health professionals. Benefits of being self-employed include choosing when and where you want to work, which hours you want to work, which days you work, choosing when you take your holidays and considerable financial opportunities. Be the master of your own destiny as a Naturopath.
What other jobs are there for Naturopaths?
Other options include writing journal articles, blogging, presenting workshops, webinars and seminars, working with athletes, working with parents and children, working with allergies, teaching, research, technical support, sales, retail, health retreats and spas, both here and overseas….
How do I know if it’s right for me?
Do you want a rewarding and fulfilling career helping others? Do you want to make a difference in the world? Do you want to learn valuable skills and knowledge to keep yourself and your family healthy? Answer yes to those questions, and Naturopathy could be what you are looking for. If you’re not sure, you can always just try out one subject without committing.
What does the future look like?
Public interest in Natural Health continues to grow. Food and Nutrition and Complementary Medicine shows appear on our TV every night. Yet allergies are becoming more common, not to mention diabetes, mental health and mood disorders, learning difficulties, and problems with fertility. All these conditions can be helped with Naturopathy. The market for Naturopaths is enormous. Everybody has at least one health condition they would like to improve. Everyone is your potential customer. There has never been a better time to study Naturopathy.
What does your future look like?
Want to learn more about natural medicine?
If you want to learn more about complementary medicine, Switch on Health has several short courses and accredited qualifications that you will love, including Advanced Diplomas in Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Naturopathy and Homeopathy. Browse short courses or learn more about their accredited Advanced Diploma programs.